An exploratory study of health beliefs and practices of the Yoruba living in the Philadelphia-Wilmington metropolitan area (United States of America)

Joseph Adetunji Adepoju, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract

The issue of how immigrant populations combine traditional and Western health beliefs and practices has not been given due attention. Hence, this qualitative research study of Yoruba immigrants, an ethnic group from south-western Nigeria, living in the Philadelphia, PA-Wilmington, DE metropolitan area, sheds some light on the question of how best to service such immigrant populations. The study found that there are three types of Yoruba immigrant groups: (1) those who use only Western medicine (though mostly for pragmatic reasons); (2) those who combine tradition Yoruba and Western beliefs; (3) those who combine traditional Yoruba and Christian beliefs.

Subject Area

Health education|Cultural anthropology|Health care|Public health

Recommended Citation

Adepoju, Joseph Adetunji, "An exploratory study of health beliefs and practices of the Yoruba living in the Philadelphia-Wilmington metropolitan area (United States of America)" (2002). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI3043843.
https://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI3043843

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