Through our eyes

Exploring African-American men's perspective on factors affecting transition to manhood

Nazleen Bharmal, David Kennedy, Loretta Jones, Charles Lee-Johnson, D'Ann Morris, Ben Caldwell, Anthony Brown, Tina Houston, Charlene Meeks, Roberto Vargas, Idalid Franco, Abdul Rab Razzak, Arleen F. Brown

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BACKGROUND: Premature mortality and disparities in morbidity observed in African-American men may be associated with factors in their social, economic, and built environments that may be especially influential during the transition to adulthood. OBJECTIVE: To have young, African-American men from Los Angeles County identify and prioritize factors associated with their transition to manhood using photovoice methodology and pile-sorting exercises. DESIGN: Qualitative study using community-based participatory research (CBPR) and photovoice PARTICIPANTS: Twelve African-American men, ages 16-26 years, from Los Angeles County, California. APPROACH: We used CBPR principles to form a community advisory board (CAB) whose members defined goals for the partnered project, developed the protocols, and participated in data collection and analysis. Participants were given digital cameras to take 50-300 photographs over three months. Pile-sorting techniques were used to facilitate participants' identification and discussion of the themes in their photos and selected photos of the group. Pile-sorts of group photographs were analyzed using multidimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analysis to systematically compare participants' themes and identify patterns of associations between sorted photographs. Sub-themes and related quotes were also elicited from the pile-sorting transcripts. The CAB and several study participants met periodically to develop dissemination strategies and design interventions informed by study findings. KEY RESULTS: Four dominant themes emerged during analysis: 1) Struggles face during the transition to manhood, 2) Sources of social support, 3) Role of sports, and 4) Views on Los Angeles lifestyle. The project led to the formation of a young men's group and community events featuring participants. CONCLUSIONS: CBPR and photovoice are effective methods to engage young, African-American men to identify and discuss factors affecting their transition to manhood, contextualize research findings, and participate in intervention development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-159
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of General Internal Medicine
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Community-Based Participatory Research
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Social Support
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Cluster Analysis
Life Style
Economics
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Morbidity
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Keywords

  • Men's health
  • Qualitative research
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Socioeconomic factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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Bharmal, N., Kennedy, D., Jones, L., Lee-Johnson, C., Morris, DA., Caldwell, B., ... Brown, A. F. (2012). Through our eyes: Exploring African-American men's perspective on factors affecting transition to manhood. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 27(2), 153-159. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-011-1836-0

Through our eyes : Exploring African-American men's perspective on factors affecting transition to manhood. / Bharmal, Nazleen; Kennedy, David; Jones, Loretta; Lee-Johnson, Charles; Morris, D'Ann; Caldwell, Ben; Brown, Anthony; Houston, Tina; Meeks, Charlene; Vargas, Roberto; Franco, Idalid; Razzak, Abdul Rab; Brown, Arleen F.

In: Journal of General Internal Medicine, Vol. 27, No. 2, 02.2012, p. 153-159.

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Bharmal, N, Kennedy, D, Jones, L, Lee-Johnson, C, Morris, DA, Caldwell, B, Brown, A, Houston, T, Meeks, C, Vargas, R, Franco, I, Razzak, AR & Brown, AF 2012, 'Through our eyes: Exploring African-American men's perspective on factors affecting transition to manhood', Journal of General Internal Medicine, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 153-159. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-011-1836-0
Bharmal, Nazleen ; Kennedy, David ; Jones, Loretta ; Lee-Johnson, Charles ; Morris, D'Ann ; Caldwell, Ben ; Brown, Anthony ; Houston, Tina ; Meeks, Charlene ; Vargas, Roberto ; Franco, Idalid ; Razzak, Abdul Rab ; Brown, Arleen F. / Through our eyes : Exploring African-American men's perspective on factors affecting transition to manhood. In: Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2012 ; Vol. 27, No. 2. pp. 153-159.
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