Environmental, policy, and cultural factors related to physical activity in well-educated urban African American women

Deborah Rohm Young, Xiaoxing He, Jeanette Harris, Iris Mabry

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Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study was to identify environmental, policy, and cultural predictors of physical activity in urban African American women living in Baltimore, MD. Thirty-nine mostly well-educated women participated in eight focus group discussions, five for women aged 36 to 50 years and three for women 20 to 35 years of age. Transcripts were analyzed using QSR NUD*IST qualitative software, and themes were identified. The discussions identified numerous opportunities and barriers for physical activity. The women reported being aware of physical activity resources and facilities available to them, but they lacked time and motivation to participate. Family responsibilities and duties unique to African American women were cited often. The results suggest that providing more environmental facilities may not be sufficient to increase physical activity in well-educated urban African American women. Intervention strategies that place value on family and cultural responsibilities should be considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-41
Number of pages13
JournalWomen and Health
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • African Americans
  • Physical activity
  • Qualitative data
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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