African americans' perceived sociocultural determinants of suicide: Afrocentric implications for public health inequalities

Valerie Borum

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Abstract

The cultural values of African Americans have not been adequately incorporated as a theoretical base to develop new public health models. The major objectives of this study were to explore, with a purposive sample, via seven focus groups, 40 African American college students, the following: How do (a) ethnic culture and (b) a "minoritized" status influence perceptions of sociocultural determinants in explaining increases in the incidence of suicide among African Americans? Thematic results of focus group discussions including the following: (a) racism, discrimination, and stereotyping; (b) U.S. individualism; (c) integration and cultural assimilation; and, (d) the prison industrial complex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)656-670
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Work in Public Health
Volume29
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 19 2014

Keywords

  • African American
  • Afrocentricity
  • culture
  • ethnicity
  • heal inequalities
  • public health
  • suicide

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