African American Men's Perceptions of Factors Influencing Health-Information Seeking

Health Communication Research Laboratory, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, 3545 Lafayette Ave., St. Louis, MO 63104, USA.
American journal of men's health (Impact Factor: 1.15). 04/2009; 3(1):6-15. DOI: 10.1177/1557988307304630
Source: PubMed


The lack of health information is one of several factors implicated in the poor health status of African American men. Although a growing body of research delineates the obstacles to African Americans' engagement in preventive health behaviors, relatively little is known about the barriers that adversely affect men's involvement in health-information seeking. This article presents qualitative data on African American men's information seeking through an analysis of focus group data. Three research questions are addressed: (a) What health-information concerns and needs do African American men have? (b) How do African American men describe their efforts to obtain health information? and (c) What factors facilitate or inhibit health-information seeking by African American men? The implications of the data and suggestions for future research are provided.

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