Young black women: defining health.

H. J. Hargrove, C. Keller

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The purpose of this study was to elicit a definition of health as described by young Black women and to characterize the factors related to their definitions of health. The research questions were: (a) How do young Black women define health and (b) what factors are related to their definition of health? Using interviews and open-ended questions, an exploratory descriptive design examined the factors which contribute to the definition of health. Twenty-two young Black women between the ages of 21 and 40 comprised the sample. A wide range of incomes, occupations, educational levels, marital status, and family sizes were represented. The informants defined health as comprising those characteristics, behaviors, and/or activities which include: (a) having or avoiding a disease, (b) the presence or absence of obesity, (c) experiencing and reducing stress, (d) good and bad health habits, (e) eating good and bad foods, and (f) engaging (or not) in exercise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of National Black Nurses" Association : JNBNA
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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