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Latino/Hispanic young men and health beliefs, acculturation, and emerging adulthood : an exploratory study


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Latino/Hispanic young men and health beliefs, acculturation, and emerging adulthood : an exploratory study

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dc.contributor.author Guarnero, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-02T20:29:40Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-02T20:29:40Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-02
dc.date.submitted May 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20770
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the study was to identify factors that influenced health promotion behaviors in Latino/Hispanic men’s health, including their experiences and health concerns. Acculturation, emerging adulthood and health were the three key ecological variables used in the study. The sample consisted of 16 Latino/Hispanic young men who were students at a Hispanic-serving university in the Southwestern United States. The study consisted of two data collection sessions. Session one consisted of a semi-structured individual interview and completion of a demographic questionnaire, two acculturation scales, a health promoting lifestyle scale, and visual analog scales for overall health perceptions and quality of life. Session two consisted of a single focus group interview in which participants were asked to clarify and amplify provisional findings from the individual interviews. The majority (56.3%) of the young men self-identified as Mexican and 18.8% self-identified as Mexican American ethnicity. The Short Acculturation Scale for Hispanics (SASH) and Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican Americans-II (ARSMA-II) categorized approximately one quarter to one fifth of participants as acculturated or strongly Anglo oriented. Overall, the SASH showed stronger correlation with health promotion measures than the ARMSA II. The qualitative results indicated that participants struggled with issues of relationships, work and love. Any future work with young Latino/Hispanic men must take into consideration how ethnicity influences health promotion choices. In addition, any health promotion intervention must engage the Latino/Hispanic family and community. Participants also believed that any health promotion program must use the internet to deliver a culturally competent message. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Latino, Young Men, Health Beliefs, Emerging Adulthood, Acculturation en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Hispanic American young men--Health and hygiene.
dc.subject.lcsh Health promotion.
dc.subject.lcsh Hispanic American young men--Cultural assimilation.
dc.subject.lcsh Hispanic American young men--Southwest, New--Attitudes.
dc.title Latino/Hispanic young men and health beliefs, acculturation, and emerging adulthood : an exploratory study en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Biomedical Sciences en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program en_US
dc.description.advisor Parshall, Mark
dc.description.committee-member Helitzer, Deborah
dc.description.committee-member Gomez, Roberto

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