Evaluation of the UNREST questionnaire for testing the social resistance framework

Roni Factor*, Ichiro Kawachi, David R. Williams

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Background: The recently developed social resistance framework addresses a widespread pattern whereby nondominant minority groups, such as ethnic/racial minorities and people of low socioeconomic status, often engage in unhealthy and risky behaviours at higher rates compared with society at large. The framework suggests that power relations within society may encourage members of non-dominant minority groups to actively engage in acts of everyday resistance, which may include risky and unhealthy behaviours. Methods: The current paper develops and psychometrically evaluates a research tool to test this innovative framework. The UNREST questionnaire measures the key concepts of the framework, along with four high-risk and unhealthy behaviours, as well as demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. A pilot survey was conducted among representative subsamples of a non-dominant group (African-Americans) and a dominant group (Caucasians). Results: Consistent with the general premises of the framework, the evaluation of the questionnaire produced six valid and reliable scales, which were significantly correlated with some criterion-related items as well as unhealthy and risky behaviours. Conclusions: The preliminary results of our pilot study suggest that the new tool may be useful for testing the framework. The results also provide support for the framework in general.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)618-624
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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