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Degree

Master of Science

Program

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Supervisor

Dr. Lilian Magalhães

Abstract

To date, most Black hypertension literature centers on the risk factors predictive of hypertension, and the treatment of this condition within this population. The purpose of this critical narrative inquiry is to better understand how Black men make sense of their hypertension diagnosis, and how they negotiate this condition into their everyday lives. Eight individual in-depth interviews were utilized to elicit stories from four Black men living in Ontario, Canada. Additionally, a critical stance was used in this study to illuminate how racism and power dynamics embedded within social, historical, and political contexts affected participants’ experiences of living with hypertension. Individual narratives for each of the men were created, while a cross narrative was constructed to tie-in common themes. In all, this study revealed how racism and a range of factors affected participants’ hypertension experiences, and challenged commonly held perceptions regarding the categorization of Black individuals into one uniform population.


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