Factors affecting Indigenous West Australians' health behavior: Indigenous perspectives

Waterworth, Pippa, Dimmock, James, Pescud, Melanie, Braham, Rebecca, and Rosenberg, Michael (2016) Factors affecting Indigenous West Australians' health behavior: Indigenous perspectives. Qualitative Health Research, 26 (1). pp. 55-68.

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Abstract

The factors driving the disparity in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians include socio-economic factors, racism, and history. The current study focused on exploring Indigenous participants' perspectives of the factors that affect the health behavior of their community members. Participatory action research methodology and a grounded theory approach were utilized. In total, 120 members of two urban West Australian Indigenous communities participated in focus group discussions. There was substantial similarity between the themes that emerged within the discussions held in the two communities. Factors relating to culture, social connections, racism, communication, and personal aspects were particularly salient to health behavior of the participants. Several of the themes including culture, racism, communication, and distrust highlight the tension caused by being a member of a minority cultural group that has been marginalized by the practices and attitudes of the dominant cultural group. Personal choice was sometimes prioritized over health.

Item ID: 61568
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-7557
Keywords: health behavior, Indigenous Australians, participatory action research
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2015
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC (#LP100100150)
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2020 04:45
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 100%
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