Understanding African American Men's perceptions of racism, male gender socialization, and social capital through photovoice

India J. Ornelas, Jim Amell, Anh N. Tran, Michael Royster, Janelle Armstrong-Brown, Eugenia Eng

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Abstract

In this study we used a participatory qualitative research approach - photovoice - to collect information about African American men's perceptions of the factors that influenced their own health and the health of their communities. Photovoice was conducted as part of the "Men as Navigators (MAN) for Health" project, an evaluation of a male lay health advisor (LHA) intervention in central North Carolina. Twelve African American men living in both urban and rural communities took photographs and discussed the photos in six photo discussion sessions. Analysis involved identifying recurring themes from the photos and transcriptions of photo discussions. The results suggest that race and racism, male gender socialization, and social networks and social capital all have important influences on African American men's health. The implications for further research and public health practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)552-565
Number of pages14
JournalQualitative Health Research
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • African Americans
  • Disparities
  • Gender
  • Health care
  • Men's health
  • Photography
  • Race and racism
  • Racial
  • Social capital

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