Acculturation and Physical Activity Among Latinas Enrolled in a 12-Month Walking Intervention

Rodney Joseph, Tanya J. Benitez, Barbara Ainsworth, Michael Todd, Colleen Keller

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Abstract

This report evaluates the relationship between acculturation and assimilation with the physical activity (PA) outcomes of a 12-month walking intervention for postpartum Latinas (n = 81, M age = 29.2 years, M BMI [body mass index] = 30.0). PA was measured by ActiGraph GT1M accelerometers. Acculturation and assimilation were measured by the Hazuda Acculturation and Assimilation Scales. Data were collected at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months. Results showed a trend for participants classified in the least acculturated groups to engage in more moderate-to-vigorous PA than participants classified in the higher acculturated/assimilated groups for two dimensions of acculturation (Adult Proficiency in English Versus Spanish, p =.002; Adult Pattern of English Versus Spanish Language Usage, p =.001) and two dimensions of assimilation (Childhood Interaction With Members of Mainstream Society, p =.028; Adult Functional Integration With Mainstream Society, p ≤.001). No other significant effects were observed. Findings highlight the continued need to understand the context in which acculturation and assimilation influence PA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Feb 1 2017

Keywords

  • acculturation
  • female
  • Hispanic Americans
  • physical activity
  • postpartum period

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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