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HIV prevention from indigenous youth perspectives

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dc.contributor.author Leis, Genevieve
dc.date.accessioned 2006-07-21
dc.date.available 2006-07-21
dc.date.copyright 2006 en
dc.date.issued 2006-07-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/67
dc.description.abstract This qualitative study of six Indigenous youth HIV prevention peer educators is presented to help understand how Indigenous youth perceive HIV/AIDS education. The research used a semi-structured questionnaire as a guide to conducting in depth individual interviews. The research followed decolonizing methodologies to explore the views of peer educators about the HIV/AIDS education they delivered, and the issues around perceptions of infection and risk. It examines the youth’s views on peer education, the importance of cultural revitalization in relation to health education and how peer education can be most effective. This study has included examples of programs with marginalized communities in several parts of the world and compared them with Indigenous experiences in Canada, in order to develop an understanding and recommendations of the most effective approaches in Indigenous youth health interventions. There have been very few research studies on Indigenous youth involvement in STD interventions. Indigenous youth have only been marginally included in the design of most of the social programming they receive, even though they have the unique knowledge, skills, language and cultural perspective necessary to reach their peers. HIV infection is on the rise with Indigenous youth because of historical and ongoing socio-economic and political inequities. Therefore, it is crucial that young Indigenous people be welcomed as integral participants in the strategies for improving Indigenous health. en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available for the World Wide Web en
dc.subject Indigenous en
dc.subject Aboriginal en
dc.subject First Nations en
dc.subject HIV en
dc.subject AIDS en
dc.subject Health en
dc.subject Youth en
dc.subject Peer en
dc.subject Education en
dc.subject Prevention en
dc.subject Interventions en
dc.subject Outreach en
dc.subject.lcsh Health education en
dc.title HIV prevention from indigenous youth perspectives en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Riecken, Ted
dc.degree.department Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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