AuthorBeren, Dorice Dreany
Attitude to Health.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe purpose of this study was to explore the health perceptions of gang members. Participant observation and ethnographic interviews were used to determine these perceptions. The interviews were conducted in a charter school in Tucson, Arizona. Three gang members and one nongang member participated in these interviews. Six domains resulted from this study. These doma.ins were: Exercise Practices Associated with Health, Eating Habits Associated with Health, Substance Abuse, Perceptions of a Future, Behaviors Associated with Safety and SelfProtection, and Social Support Systems. Four cultural themes were also identified from this study. The cultural themes are: Health is not important to gang members, gang members have a structure of time that is very now focused, gang members have a strong sense of hopelessness and choicelessness, and finally, lack of social support turns youth towards gang membership and, thus, a higher risk for poor health. Recommendations for health care providers are presented. Suggestions for future studies are also given.
Degree ProgramGraduate College