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The Meaning of Transformational Development for Members of an African American Urban Neighborhood


2011 2011

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Health disparities experienced by African Americans compared to their European American counterparts is a major problem in the United States. Contemporary strategies for ameliorating health disparities target the improvement of physical and social environments; however, there is a gap in the literature with respect to African Americans' perspectives of specific community-based change efforts. This study utilized a hermeneutic phenomenological design to explore the meaning members of one African American urban community ascribed to participation in a community change effort based on the theory of transformational development, a faith-based strategy for improving conditions for health within communities. Conversational interviews were conducted with 11 participants who met purposive sampling criteria. A thematic analysis of data, based on van Manen's approach, resulted in the development of 10 essential themes which focused on the genesis of transformation and transformation at the individual and the neighborhood levels. The results of this study pointed to transformational development as a complex change process which led to authentic community change driven from within. This study contributes to social change by giving voice to the unique perspectives of members of one community in describing the meaning of transformational change. These unique perspectives suggest that community members themselves have a pivotal role to play in addressing health disparities through such transformational change efforts. Overall, the meaning of transformation constructed from this study could support existing efforts in this neighborhood and spark social change in other diverse communities.

Indexing (details)


Subject
African American Studies;
Social research;
Public health
Classification
0296: African American Studies
0344: Social research
0573: Public health
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; African American; Health disparities; Transformational development; Urban neighborhood
Title
The Meaning of Transformational Development for Members of an African American Urban Neighborhood
Author
Parrill, Rachel Lynn
Number of pages
277
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0543
Source
DAI-B 73/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267017932
Advisor
Barkley, William
Committee member
Fraser, Jacqueline; Kennedy, Bernice
University/institution
Walden University
Department
Health Services
University location
United States -- Minnesota
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3481874
ProQuest document ID
908416885
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/908416885
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