“Wa'Kan Ye'Zah: Enhancing Caregivers' and Children's Well-being Through an Evidence-based and Culturally Informed Prevention Intervention”
The overall goal of this study is to develop, adapt and evaluate an intergenerational prevention intervention, named "Wa'Kan Ye'Zah (Little Holy One)," with Native American caregivers on a Northern Plains reservation and the caregivers' 3-to-5-year-old children. The intervention aims to: 1) reduce symptoms of historical trauma and everyday stress among parents/caregivers, 2) improve parenting, and 3) improve children's emotional and behavioral developmental outcomes to reduce future risk for suicide and substance use.
Behavioral - Newly created cultural components, adapted Family Spirit lessons, adapted CETA modules
Caregivers will receive 12 lessons, weekly, over a period of 12 weeks. Full curriculum contains: 4 lessons on cultural connection and traditions, 4 lessons on parenting adapted from Family Spirit intervention, and 4 lessons on stress and trauma adapted from CETA. modules
Behavioral - Active nutrition control
The six 30-minute voluntary nutrition education sessions will be taught one-on-one to parents and children at the school with information about where to obtain healthy foods. Parents will also be given healthy recipes and sample easy-to-make healthy foods with the children.
Wa'Kan Ye'Zah (Little Holy One): Enhancing Caregivers' and Children's Well-being Through an Evidence-based and Culturally Informed Prevention Intervention