Air, Water, Land: Mexican-origin Immigrant Adolescents' Perceptions of the Physical Environment in the U.S. and its Impact on Their Physical and Mental Health Status

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158525
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Presentation
Title:
Air, Water, Land: Mexican-origin Immigrant Adolescents' Perceptions of the Physical Environment in the U.S. and its Impact on Their Physical and Mental Health Status
Abstract:
Air, Water, Land: Mexican-origin Immigrant Adolescents' Perceptions of the Physical Environment in the U.S. and its Impact on Their Physical and Mental Health Status
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2007
Author:Garcia, Carolyn, PhD, MPH
P.I. Institution Name:University of Minnesota
Contact Address:SON 5-160 Weaver Densford Hall, 308 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455, USA
Co-Authors:L.H. Bearinger, Center for Adolescent Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; E. Saewyc, School of Nursing and Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Briti
Introduction: Health disparities exist between Latino teens and the majority population of adolescents in the U.S. as evidenced by health problems including asthma and depression. Existing physical environmental influences are recognized by nurses; how these are perceived by immigrant Latino adolescents has not been documented. Objective: To describe immigrant Latino adolescents' perceived environmental influences. Methods: An ethnographic study using one-to-one interviewing, participant observation, and visual narratives. Sample (N=14) included 9 females and 5 males, 15 to 20 years of age, who emigrated from Mexico in 2001 or more recently and were recruited from a school and church in a metropolitan area. Each participant created a visual narrative with a disposable camera with instructions to "take pictures of life as an immigrant Latino adolescent, with a focus on health." Data from 25 interviews and 180 pictures were analyzed. Results: Identified environmental themes were: "Work hurts me," "Garbage is everywhere," "Air we breathe," and "Relaxation in nature." Environmental influences were described amidst individual, family, and social influences. Identified unhealthy environmental influences included air pollution, work hazards, pesticides, and garbage. Healthy influences included recreational parks, lakes, trees, and clean air. Participants described negative physical effects as respiratory and general illness symptoms. Positive mental effects included relaxation and happiness. Implications: Immigrant Latino adolescents demonstrate awareness of harmful and beneficial environmental influences on their health, but may not have power or resources to alter exposure. Holistic clinical assessments could improve diagnosis and treatment of environment-exacerbated conditions such as asthma and depression, and reduce health disparities.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAir, Water, Land: Mexican-origin Immigrant Adolescents' Perceptions of the Physical Environment in the U.S. and its Impact on Their Physical and Mental Health Statusen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158525-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Air, Water, Land: Mexican-origin Immigrant Adolescents' Perceptions of the Physical Environment in the U.S. and its Impact on Their Physical and Mental Health Status</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Garcia, Carolyn, PhD, MPH</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Minnesota</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">SON 5-160 Weaver Densford Hall, 308 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">garcia@umn.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">L.H. Bearinger, Center for Adolescent Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; E. Saewyc, School of Nursing and Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Briti</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Introduction: Health disparities exist between Latino teens and the majority population of adolescents in the U.S. as evidenced by health problems including asthma and depression. Existing physical environmental influences are recognized by nurses; how these are perceived by immigrant Latino adolescents has not been documented. Objective: To describe immigrant Latino adolescents' perceived environmental influences. Methods: An ethnographic study using one-to-one interviewing, participant observation, and visual narratives. Sample (N=14) included 9 females and 5 males, 15 to 20 years of age, who emigrated from Mexico in 2001 or more recently and were recruited from a school and church in a metropolitan area. Each participant created a visual narrative with a disposable camera with instructions to &quot;take pictures of life as an immigrant Latino adolescent, with a focus on health.&quot; Data from 25 interviews and 180 pictures were analyzed. Results: Identified environmental themes were: &quot;Work hurts me,&quot; &quot;Garbage is everywhere,&quot; &quot;Air we breathe,&quot; and &quot;Relaxation in nature.&quot; Environmental influences were described amidst individual, family, and social influences. Identified unhealthy environmental influences included air pollution, work hazards, pesticides, and garbage. Healthy influences included recreational parks, lakes, trees, and clean air. Participants described negative physical effects as respiratory and general illness symptoms. Positive mental effects included relaxation and happiness. Implications: Immigrant Latino adolescents demonstrate awareness of harmful and beneficial environmental influences on their health, but may not have power or resources to alter exposure. Holistic clinical assessments could improve diagnosis and treatment of environment-exacerbated conditions such as asthma and depression, and reduce health disparities.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:08:35Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:08:35Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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