233621 Healthy living: African-American men's perspectives on the brotherhood and wellness

Monday, November 8, 2010

Kirsten Salerno, MA , Department of Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Mary Shaw, PhD , Center for the Study of Health Disparities, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Brandy M. Rollins, MPH, CHES , Center for the Study of Health Disparities, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Background: Relationships among African-American men and their influence on wellness behaviors have been understudied and underutilized in health education/health promotion efforts. This three-fold study sought to 1) understand the nature of the Brotherhood among African-American men 2) its influence on health behaviors and 3) to describe the concept of wellness among the brotherhood of African-American men. The study is unique and necessary given dearth of research that has focused on health promotion and well-being of young African-American males. Method: Qualitative data was collected utilizing grounded theory and ethnographic fieldnote techniques. Twenty semi-structured interviews were conducted with African-American men ages18-35 years old, enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities in southeastern Texas. Categorical themes were identified using a structured team analysis approach. Holistic themes emerged for each major group of behavior categories: Brotherhood, help seeking and experiences with the health system. Results/Outcomes: The study captured the lived wellness experiences of young African-American men and the essence of brotherhood was explained. Rich and meaningful participant responses revealed a) the brotherhood as a trusting cohesive unit and b) the dynamics of a relationship determine help-seeking behavior. Conclusion: These findings advance understanding of the help seeking behaviors of young African-American men and their lived experiences with the health care system as influenced by social supports and social networks

Learning Areas:
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1. Postulate how the brotherhood network could be used to engage young African-American men in adopting and sustaining health promoting behaviors. 2. Examine help seeking behaviors of young adult African-American men.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: student conducting research under faculty supervision
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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