Toward an understanding of the poor health status of Indigenous Australian men

Mellor, David, McCabe, Marita, Ricciardelli, Lina, Mussap, Alex and Tyler, Matthew 2016, Toward an understanding of the poor health status of Indigenous Australian men, Qualitative health research, vol. 26, no. 14, pp. 1949-1960, doi: 10.1177/1049732315609898.

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Title Toward an understanding of the poor health status of Indigenous Australian men
Author(s) Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
McCabe, Marita
Ricciardelli, LinaORCID iD for Ricciardelli, Lina
Mussap, AlexORCID iD for Mussap, Alex
Tyler, Matthew
Journal name Qualitative health research
Volume number 26
Issue number 14
Start page 1949
End page 1960
Total pages 12
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1049-7323
Keyword(s) Aboriginal people, Australia
Health behavior
Men’s health
Participatory action research
Summary The purpose of this study was to investigate perceptions of health and health behaviors among Indigenous Australian men. Using a participatory action research (PAR) framework, we conducted two focus groups and 40 individual semi-structured interviews with men between the ages of 18 and 35 years in each of three locations across Australia. We used the health beliefs model to provide a framework for the analyses. Participants recognized that their Indigenous status placed them in a vulnerable position with regard to health, and that there might be serious consequences of failing to follow a good diet and engage in appropriate exercise. However, they delineated a number of barriers to engaging in such health behaviors. These perceived barriers require addressing at a range of policy levels within government, with a focus on social structures and institutionalized discrimination, as well as unemployment, poverty, dispossession, and cultural oppression.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1049732315609898
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Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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