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

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posted on 01.01.2016, 00:00 authored by David MellorDavid Mellor, M McCabe, L Ricciardelli, Alexander MussapAlexander Mussap, M Tyler
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.

History

Journal

Qualitative health research

Volume

26

Issue

14

Pagination

1949 - 1960

Publisher

Sage

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1049-7323

eISSN

1049-7323

Indigenous content

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Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, The Authors