Practicing Assessment as a Good Relative: Perspectives of Indigenous Youths and Caregivers of Indigenous Youths

  • Author / Creator
    Carlson, Elizabeth M
  • In this thesis, I co-created knowledge with eight Indigenous youths and ten caregivers of Indigenous youths through qualitative interviews about their experiences of and preferences in psychological assessment. I was guided by constructivist methodology in my use of the qualitative descriptive method. Thematic analysis was my data analysis strategy, through which I came to present the co-created knowledge through interpretive and rich description. Before presenting the co-created knowledge, I present a review of the relevant literature. In the co-created knowledge chapter, I present through thematic networking the global theme of Practicing Assessment as a Good Relative. Youths and caregivers shared how assessment needs to be done in a good way through relational practice meant to “help our relatives.” I then present the three interconnected organizing themes of Relationship Above All, Understanding and Respecting Context, and Truly Seeing the Youth, and their respective subthemes. The potential for benefit and harm is explored surrounding the presence or absence of relationality, understanding and respecting context, and coming to truly see youth in assessment practice. In the discussion chapter, I discuss the co-created knowledge in context of the literature, explore practice implications, and offer a framework for practicing assessment as a good relative. In the concluding chapter, I summarize this research, explore considerations, limitations, and future research, and offer my final reflections. This research provides critical process, outcome, and youth- and caregiver-based evidence to guide practice forward in a good way.

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    Spring 2024
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    Doctor of Philosophy
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