Effects of Ethnicity and Gender on Youth Health
2016 (English)In: Cogent Social Sciences, ISSN 2331-1886, Vol. 2, no 1, 1-15 p., OASS 1186136Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study investigated the effects of ethnicity and gender on the health of young people (14–25 years old) living in Mauritius. Combinations of female and male by four ethnic groups—“Creole”, “Hindu”, “Muslim” and “Mixed”—were used for multivariate analysis of variances. “Mixed” ethnic group consumed most to-bacco, alcohol and drugs compared to other ethnic groups. They were also the ones that mostly skipped breakfast and lunch and were found to eat most fast food. Moreover, “Mixed” ethnic group had heard most about HIV/AIDS programmes, but were least satisfied with such programmes and with public hospitals and health services. Females were shown to perceive more physical and mental health issues than did males; although males smoked more cigarettes and drunk more alcohol. However, females consumed more fast food and deep fries and rated public hospi-tals and sexual and reproductive health services as less good than did males. The findings call for further research on the health of young people living in Mauritius with respect to socio-economic variables in order to promote social justice in the Mauritian society. In addition, this article also emphasises on the need of having a new National Youth Policy for Mauritius, which is long overdue.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Vol. 2, no 1, 1-15 p., OASS 1186136
Gender, Health, ethnicity, lifestyles, consumption
Gender Studies Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-22518DOI: 10.1080/23311886.2016.1186136ISI: 000385859300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-22518DiVA: diva2:974689