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Inequality and African-American HealthHow Racial Disparities Create Sickness$
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Shirley A. Hill

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322818

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322818.001.0001

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Health behaviors in social context

Health behaviors in social context

Chapter:
(p.57) Three Health behaviors in social context
Source:
Inequality and African-American Health
Author(s):

Shirley A. Hill

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447322818.003.0004

Racial disparities in major chronic illnesses are documented in this chapter, along with an exploration of the health behaviors of black people. Focusing on individual responsibility for maintaining health resonates with the neoliberal agenda for curtailing social spending, but often overlooks how structural barriers and inequalities shape health behaviors and outcomes. This chapter looks at the health belief model and the theory of health behaviors to examine factors that facilitate (e.g., religion) or impede (e.g., neighbourhood disadvantage) healthy behaviors among African Americans.

Keywords:   health behaviors, health, religion, neighbourhood disadvantage, individual responsibility

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