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More than gangsters and girl scouts: Environmental health perspectives of urban youth. Health Place 2018 Nov;54:50-61



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2-s2.0-85053406560 (requires institutional sign-in at Scopus site)   5 Citations


The purpose of this study was to explore environmental health perspectives among urban youth. A total of 12 focus groups with 64 youth were conducted. Youth defined environmental health in a multidimensional manner which integrated aspects of the physical, social, and built environment and concentrated on the neighborhood context. A theme of environmental health resilience factors and sub-themes of safety, trust, engagement, leadership, and representation were identified and described. A second theme of underlying structural drivers of environmental health with sub-themes of equitable opportunities and power inform environmental health. A conceptual model was developed to guide future environmental health research and action.

Author List

Bogar S, Young S, Woodruff S, Beyer K, Mitchell R, Johnson S


Kirsten M. Beyer PhD, MPH Associate Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Staci A. Young PhD Interim Sr Associate Dean, Professor in the Family Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Community-Based Participatory Research
Environmental Health
Focus Groups
Qualitative Research
Residence Characteristics
Social Environment
Urban Population