Title

Asthma Management Disparities: A Photovoice Investigation With African American Youth

Publication Date

2016

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Disparities in asthma management are a burden on African American youth. The objective of this study is to describe and compare the discourses of asthma management disparities (AMDs) in African American adolescents in Seattle to existing youth-related asthma policies in Washington State. Adolescents participated in a three-session photovoice project and presented their phototexts to the Washington State asthma planning committee. Critical discourse analysis methodology was used to analyze adolescent phototexts and the State asthma plan. We found that the State plan did not address AMD in African American adolescents. Adolescents discussed more topics on AMD than the State plan presented, and they introduced new topics concerning residential mobility, poor nutrition, inadequate athletic opportunities, and schools with stairs. Current health policy may be constraining effective responses to asthma disparities in youth. School nursing leadership can use photovoice to advance youth voice in transforming structural inequities in urban school environments. © 2015, The Author(s) 2015.

Publication Title

Journal of School Nursing

Volume

32

Issue

2

First Page

99

Last Page

111

DOI

10.1177/1059840515588192

Version

pre-print, post-print (with 12 month embargo)

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