Research Article| Volume 20, ISSUE 5, P210-216, October 2006

Sense of Belonging as Connectedness, American Indian Worldview, and Mental Health

  • Doris Leal Hill
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    School of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
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      The concept of sense of belonging as connectedness is an abstract dimension of relatedness. Gaining an understanding of this concept within a cultural worldview has the potential to positively impact the mental health of ethnic minority populations. Sense of belonging as connectedness portrays the dynamic nature of human existence. The role of sense of belonging to interpersonal relationships and the well-being of individuals, family, and community is emphasized through the worldview of the American Indian population. It is a dynamic phenomenon of social significance.
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