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Factors Influencing the Health Behaviour of Indigenous Australians: Perspectives from Support People

Waterworth, Pippa; Pescud, Melanie; Braham, Rebecca; Dimmock, James; Rosenberg, Michael

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Disparities between the health of Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations continue to be prevalent within Australia. Research suggests that Indigenous people participate in health risk behaviour more often than their non-Indigenous counterparts, and that such behaviour has a substantial impact on health outcomes. Although this would indicate that reducing health risk behaviour may have positive effects on health outcomes, the factors that influence Indigenous health behaviour are still poorly...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWaterworth, Pippa
dc.contributor.authorPescud, Melanie
dc.contributor.authorBraham, Rebecca
dc.contributor.authorDimmock, James
dc.contributor.authorRosenberg, Michael
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-24T22:42:03Z
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/98924
dc.description.abstractDisparities between the health of Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations continue to be prevalent within Australia. Research suggests that Indigenous people participate in health risk behaviour more often than their non-Indigenous counterparts, and that such behaviour has a substantial impact on health outcomes. Although this would indicate that reducing health risk behaviour may have positive effects on health outcomes, the factors that influence Indigenous health behaviour are still poorly understood. This study aimed to interview people who support Indigenous groups to gain an understanding of their views on the factors influencing health behaviour within Indigenous groups in Western Australia. Twenty nine people participated in the study. The emergent themes were mapped against the social ecological model. The results indicated that: (1) culture, social networks, history, racism, socioeconomic disadvantage, and the psychological distress associated with some of these factors interact to affect health behaviour in a complex manner; (2) the desire to retain cultural identity and distinctiveness may have both positive and negative influence on health risk behaviour; (3) strong social connections to family and kin that is intensified by cultural obligations, appears to affirm and disrupt positive health behaviour; (4) the separation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous social connection/networks that appeared to be fostered by marginalisation and racism may influence the effect of social networks on health behaviour; and (5) communication between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people may be interrupted by distrust between the groups, which reduces the influence of some non-Indigenous sources on the health behaviour of Indigenous people.
dc.publisherPublic Library of Science
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.sourcePLOS ONE (Public Library of Science)
dc.titleFactors Influencing the Health Behaviour of Indigenous Australians: Perspectives from Support People
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume10
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor111701 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
local.identifier.absfor111712 - Health Promotion
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4860843xPUB251
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWaterworth, Pippa, University of Western Australia
local.contributor.affiliationPescud, Melanie, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBraham, Rebecca, University of Western Australia
local.contributor.affiliationDimmock, James, University of Western Australia
local.contributor.affiliationRosenberg, Michael, University of Western Australia
local.bibliographicCitation.issue11
local.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0142323
local.identifier.absseo920401 - Behaviour and Health
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:24:20Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84957568230
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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