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To Comply or Not to Comply: Roma Approach to Health Laws

Research Agency, 831 02 Bratislava, Slovakia
Department of Labor Law and Social Welfare Law, Faculty of Law, Comenius University, 810 00 Bratislava, Slovakia
Department of Community and Occupational Medicine, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, 9713 AV Groningen, The Netherlands
Graduate School Kosice Institute for Society and Health, Faculty of Medicine, P.J. Safarik University in Kosice, 040 01 Kosice, Slovakia
Theological Faculty, Olomouc University Social Health Institute, Palacky University, 771 11 Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(9), 3087;
Received: 19 March 2020 / Revised: 20 April 2020 / Accepted: 26 April 2020 / Published: 29 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Roma Health Disadvantage)
According to the general public in Slovakia, compliance with the law is problematic when it comes to Roma and health. Roma compliance with laws has not yet been studied. The aim of this is study was to explore the determinants of Roma behavior in the field of health laws. We used the concept of a semi-autonomous field proposed by Moore (1973) and the theory of planned behavior by Ajzen (1985). We found that Roma (non-)compliance with health laws was influenced by many different factors, such as beliefs, traditions, living conditions and culture. Group beliefs overrule national laws and also individual preferences, which tend to be subordinate to the group view. The less contact Roma from settlements have with non-Roma, the stronger their own rules are in the field of health. Roma health status is influenced by many factors: group beliefs and community traditions are stronger and overrule individual and state behavioral influence. A community-based participatory approach together with improvement of living conditions in cooperation with Roma is desirable. View Full-Text
Keywords: Roma health; Slovakia; non-compliance Roma health; Slovakia; non-compliance
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Pavlikova, B.; Freel, L.; van Dijk, J.P. To Comply or Not to Comply: Roma Approach to Health Laws. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3087.

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Pavlikova B, Freel L, van Dijk JP. To Comply or Not to Comply: Roma Approach to Health Laws. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(9):3087.

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Pavlikova, Barbara; Freel, Lenka; van Dijk, Jitse P. 2020. "To Comply or Not to Comply: Roma Approach to Health Laws" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 9: 3087.

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