Ethnic minority research in the U.S. is important given the increase in ethnic minority populations, particularly within the adolescent population. Content analyses are useful in guiding researchers as they document representation and progress of research on ethnic minorities within many fields, including healthcare. The Journal of Adolescent Health was coded for the following variables: ethnic minority focus, article topic, article funding by topic, geographic location of sample, and inclusion of measures (ethnic identity and acculturation). The results indicated that the percentage of published articles focused on each specific ethnic minority group were lower than the current U. S. percentages, including Latinos (3.7% of the published articles versus 17.8% of the U. S. population), African Americans (5.8% versus 13.3%), Asian Americans (0.6% versus 5.9%) and Native Americans (0.5% versus 1.3%). Over the 28-year period, the Journal of Adolescent Health increased in the number of ethnic minority focused articles published per year, but in relation to the yearly article output decreased in actual percentage of ethnic minority focused articles per year (5.7% decrease in percentage of ethnic minority focused articles published).
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Marriage and Family Therapy
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Handy, Kate Amanda, "A Content Analysis of the Journal of Adolescent Health: Using Past Literature to Guide Healthcare Research of US Ethnic Minority Adolescents" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 7450.
content analysis, ethnic minorities, adolescence, healthcare