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Cultural Identity and Health Behaviors on Asian American Risk Perception of Type 2 Diabetes

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Poor diet, exercise, and unhealthy lifestyle habits can all contribute to the onset of Type 2 diabetes. For some people, a change in daily activity can be due to a change in lifestyle. Although the lifestyle does change, the precautions to be taken for a disease, as susceptible to people, as type 2 diabetes may not alone be sufficient. Groups such as Asian Americans are more vulnerable to developing type 2 diabetes. A poor risk perception of how vulnerable they are to developing type 2 diabetes increases the rates at which Asian Americans are contracting the disease. Asian Americans also have varying degrees of identification towards their Asian culture which could account for differences in risk perception. Identification plays a defining role in what health behaviors people choose to exhibit and follow when it comes to their health. However, data from this study indicated that there is not a significant relationship between variables of cultural identity, risk perception, and health behaviors. In the case of Asian Americans, differences in sex, income, and age make an impact on associated variables of cultural identity, health behaviors, and risk perception. Current studies in the field do not specifically target the growing Asian American minority group and should be taken into account the Asian American minority group in health care and disparity studies as their demographics can play a role in their overall well-being, and overall nation.
subject
Asian Americans
Cultural Identity
Diabetes
Risk Perception
contributor
Mohan, Layashruthi Roshaala (author)
Canzona, Mollie R (committee chair)
Giles, Steven (committee member)
Katula, Jeffery (committee member)
date
2020-05-29T08:36:05Z (accessioned)
2020-05-29T08:36:05Z (available)
2020 (issued)
degree
Communication (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/96838 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
Cultural Identity and Health Behaviors on Asian American Risk Perception of Type 2 Diabetes
type
Thesis

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