An Examination of Culturally Relevant Health Messages in African-American Churches
Journal of Religion and Health
This quantitative study examined the presence of culturally relevant health messages for African-Americans based on a preexisting dataset from 21 African-American churches in South Carolina (USA). Content analysis served as the primary methodological approach to code printed media messages based on their cultural relevance among African-Americans (Cohen’s kappa =.74). Within the dataset (n = 2166), 477 (22%) items were identified as culturally relevant. A low prevalence of culturally relevant messages was found across the three message topics, two media types, and one media source. Due to the limited presence of culturally relevant messages, researchers should collaborate with African-American churches to design health promotion messages.
National Institutes of Health
Diet, Health communication, Health disparities, Health promotion, Physical activity
Public Health and Recreation
Shaila M. Strayhorn, Andrew Carter, Brook E. Harmon, and James R. Hébert. "An Examination of Culturally Relevant Health Messages in African-American Churches" Journal of Religion and Health (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-022-01638-x