Perceptions of health among immigrant Latino adolescents from Mexico.

  • Garcia C
  • Duckett L
  • Saewyc E
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Abstract

PURPOSE: This ethnographic study describes the health-related perceptions of immigrant Latino adolescents from Mexico. METHOD: Fourteen adolescents, purposively recruited from two non-health-based community settings, participated. Each was interviewed twice and completed a visual narrative project using disposable cameras. Audiotaped transcripts and photographs were inductively analyzed. FINDINGS: Being healthy is holistically perceived by these adolescents and includes physical, mental, spiritual, social, and environmental factors. Pictures portrayed healthy and unhealthy influences and behaviors, including eating habits, exercise, self-care, relationships, garbage, and pollution. Personal responsibility was important in being healthy and in promoting one's health. Family was identified as an important source of health-related information. IMPLICATIONS: Nurses recognizing the holistic, comprehensive health-related perceptions of immigrant Latino adolescents can promote their health and design culturally and developmentally appropriate educational strategies and health interventions aimed at eliminating health disparities.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Emigration and Immigration
  • Female
  • Holistic Health
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Mexican Americans
  • Mexico
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Self Care
  • Social Support
  • Social Values
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • ethnology
  • methods
  • psychology

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Authors

  • Carolyn M Garcia

  • Laura J Duckett

  • Elizabeth M Saewyc

  • Linda H Bearinger

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