The purpose of this study was to identify correlates of physical activity for sedentary, ethnic minority women and determine if these correlates were modified by an intervention. One hundred twenty-five women participated in a randomized, controlled trial of a walking program. The intervention was designed to alter social learning-based correlates through telephone counseling and mailings. Walking and correlates were assessed at baseline, 8-week post-test, and 5-month follow-up. Both intervention and control groups increased walking and decreased in reports of perceived barriers, self-efficacy, and enjoyment from baseline to post-test, and baseline to follow-up. Social support increased over time, with intervention participants reporting greater increases. Change in self-efficacy from baseline to follow-up was associated with increases in walking. The results provide some evidence that self-efficacy correlated with walking for participants, but 3 of 4 correlates were not positively influenced by the intervention.
- Correlates of exercise
- Ethnic minority women
- Physical activity intervention
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Psychology
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health