Perceptions of health among immigrant Latino adolescents from Mexico.

Carolyn M Porta, Laura J Duckett, Elizabeth M. Saewyc, Linda H Bearinger

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-91; discussion 92; quiz 93-95
JournalJournal of holistic nursing : official journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2007

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