What moves you?: adoption and maintenance of physical activity among midlife and older African American women

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dc.contributor Kelly, Rebecca
dc.contributor Kim, Giyeon
dc.contributor Prentice-Dunn, Steven
dc.contributor Thorn, Beverly E.
dc.contributor.advisor Crowther, Martha R.
dc.contributor.author Austin, Audrey
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:49:36Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:49:36Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001329
dc.identifier.other Austin_alatus_0004D_11634
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1796
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Middle-aged and older African American women report the lowest rates of physical activity compared to men, younger women, and similarly aged White women, as well as higher death rates from conditions associated with physical inactivity. Though inactivity among African American women has received increased attention since the early 1990s, research regarding how older African American women successfully increase and maintain their physical activity levels is lacking. The current study aimed to identify factors associated with successful adoption and maintenance of physical activity among active midlife and older African American women. The study also assessed the applicability of the Physical Activity Evolution model as an explanatory framework for physical activity development among this population. Open-ended individual interviews were conducted with 15 African American women aged 45 years and older who reported engagement in physical activity at nationally recommended levels for 6 months or more. Data from the interviews were analyzed using deductive qualitative analysis methods. Results suggest that using scheduling strategies, receiving support from others, and experiencing noticeable benefits of physical activity are key factors in older African American women's progression toward a physically active lifestyle. These findings were consistent with the Physical Activity Evolution model.
dc.format.extent 116 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Psychology
dc.subject.other Public health
dc.title What moves you?: adoption and maintenance of physical activity among midlife and older African American women
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Psychology
etdms.degree.discipline Psychology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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