Correlates of exercise adherence in an African American church community

Anna Maria Izquierdo-Porrera, Claudia C. Powell, Jennifer Reiner, Kevin R. Fontaine

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This study identified correlates of attendance to a community-based exercise program in an African American church congregation. After medical clearance, 48 participants completed measures of social support, health-related quality of life, depression, exercise self-efficacy, and exercise motivation and then participated in an exercise program for 6 months (attendance rate = 27%). Age, a sense of affiliation as a motivator to exercise, and weekly caloric expenditure derived from yard work were positively associated with program attendance, and full- or Part-time employment was negatively associated with attendance. The authors concluded that exercise adherence is a complicated phenomenon that is influenced by a variety of environmental, personal, and social factors. Social factors, in particular, may be important in promoting adherence to an exercise program in African Americans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-394
Number of pages6
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2002



  • African Americans
  • Community-based exercise
  • Exercise
  • Exercise adherence
  • Health promotion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Izquierdo-Porrera, A. M., Powell, C. C., Reiner, J., & Fontaine, K. R. (2002). Correlates of exercise adherence in an African American church community. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 8(4), 389-394.