A synthesis of perceptions about physical activity among older African American and American Indian women

Karla A. Henderson, Barbara Ainsworth

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Abstract

Objectives. In this review of qualitative data from the Cross-Cultural Activity Participation Study (CAPS), we synthesize the major findings of studies designed to identify minority women's perceptions of physical activity. Methods. We interviewed 30 African American and 26 American Indian women with constant comparison techniques. We analyzed the data with a coding system developed from the data. Results. The women led active, busy lives. Most perceived physical activity as being good for them, identified constraints to time and space for physical activity, and wanted social support for physical activity. Sociocultural issues also were related to physical activity. Conclusions. Both personal and cultural values influenced the women's physical activity behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-317
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume93
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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A synthesis of perceptions about physical activity among older African American and American Indian women. / Henderson, Karla A.; Ainsworth, Barbara.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 93, No. 2, 01.02.2003, p. 313-317.

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