Project Title

Perceived Susceptibility to Illness in Ethnic Minority Men

Academic department under which the project should be listed

RCHSS - Psychological Science

Faculty Sponsor Name

Dr. Anisah Bagasra

Abstract (300 words maximum)

History would show that ethnic minority communities’ health concerns often go unknown to the masses. Men in particular are a mystery to healthcare providers as well. Women are more likely to disclose information thus being more willing to participate in a study, let alone explore health concerns. Pair up being a male with being ethnic minority and you will have health topics that may not have been explored prior come to surface. The study is a community-based project with a purpose to acquire knowledge of men's beliefs about certain health concerns. Participation in the study are exclusive to ethnic minority men over the age of 18. Studies are currently being conducted in the metro Atlanta area. Although it is a very diverse area, challenges in data collection rise being that the study focuses on a skeptic population. Incomplete surveys, non-disclosure to demographics, and time have served as the source to these methodological challenges. Conclusions will include levels of agreement on statements about health issues as well as nonidentifiable demographic questions for analyzation. The anticipated results could lead to the overall betterment in representation for ethnic minority men in healthcare. Due to this study being an expansion of past research on this topic, expected results hold that men will be most concerned with getting diabetes and high blood pressure. Still, keeping in mind their perspectives on these health topics, new ways to raise awareness, educate, and treat could surface.

Project Type

Poster

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Perceived Susceptibility to Illness in Ethnic Minority Men

History would show that ethnic minority communities’ health concerns often go unknown to the masses. Men in particular are a mystery to healthcare providers as well. Women are more likely to disclose information thus being more willing to participate in a study, let alone explore health concerns. Pair up being a male with being ethnic minority and you will have health topics that may not have been explored prior come to surface. The study is a community-based project with a purpose to acquire knowledge of men's beliefs about certain health concerns. Participation in the study are exclusive to ethnic minority men over the age of 18. Studies are currently being conducted in the metro Atlanta area. Although it is a very diverse area, challenges in data collection rise being that the study focuses on a skeptic population. Incomplete surveys, non-disclosure to demographics, and time have served as the source to these methodological challenges. Conclusions will include levels of agreement on statements about health issues as well as nonidentifiable demographic questions for analyzation. The anticipated results could lead to the overall betterment in representation for ethnic minority men in healthcare. Due to this study being an expansion of past research on this topic, expected results hold that men will be most concerned with getting diabetes and high blood pressure. Still, keeping in mind their perspectives on these health topics, new ways to raise awareness, educate, and treat could surface.