While well-being has been adopted in the behavioral healthcare field from a face validity perspective to support improved mental health outcomes, it has not been operationalized in ways tailored to various cultural needs.
As part of a pilot study completed through the Wellness in Recovery Addiction Advocacy Research Student Fellowship Program, I had the opportunity to co-produce the Well-Being Model for Young Black Adults from July 2021 - December 2022.
In this mixed methods community-based participatory research, key informants (n=7) developed a preliminary well-being model. The model was modified based on end-user feedback and assessment gathered systematically through Delphi rounds with study participants (n=11), who were young Black adults ages 18-39. All of the well-being domains in the model (nine) were deemed feasible, appropriate, and accessible with 70% or more agreement among participants.
This project was funded through the Rutgers University New Brunswick Chancellors Office Strategic Initiative Fund.
The graphics were developed by Jade Warrick @trashkid_art.
The graphic and infographic can be downloaded for personal or professional use. The infographic details each of the domains of well-being represented on the graphic.
Suggested Citation: Brandow, C., Asadi, H., Myrick, K., Brice, G., Pitts, S., Canuteson, M., Wilson, I., Swarbrick, M., & Warrick, J. (2022, December). The well-being model for young Black adults. Piscataway, New Jersey: Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University.
Learn more from the Rutgers Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies News Announcement.
The Black Well-Being Model acknowledges the impact of historical, structural, systemic, interpersonal, and internalized racism on well-being.
For more information about the Well-Being Model and to discuss opportunities for collaboration, contact me.
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