‘Other than that, I’m Good’: Formerly Incarcerated Young Black Men’s Self-Perceptions of Health Status
- Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
- Johns Hopkins University Press
- Volume 27, Number 2, May 2016 Supplement
- pp. 163-180
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Black men are incarcerated at higher rates than men from other racial groups, and there are significant health disparities disfavoring Black men overall. Reentry from incarceration is an important time period for health risks. However, health studies among recently released Black male youth populations are limited. This mixed methods study examined perceived health status and health care utilization among recently released Black men ages 18–25 years. Qualitative interviews (N=20) and quantitative surveys (N= 170) were conducted. Qualitative findings described several health concerns, including chronic conditions. Quantitative results indicated most survey respondents rated their health status as excellent or good despite reporting having a health concern within the past year. Health status ranking was examined by how men felt vs. an objective measure such as a medical report. In addition, men indicated having problems finding health care since their release. This study may be beneficial for addressing ways to promote health and health care utilization among formerly incarcerated young Black men.