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

dc.contributorKelly, Rebecca
dc.contributorKim, Giyeon
dc.contributorPrentice-Dunn, Steven
dc.contributorThorn, Beverly E.
dc.contributor.advisorCrowther, Martha R.
dc.contributor.authorAustin, Audrey
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-01T16:49:36Z
dc.date.available2017-03-01T16:49:36Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractMiddle-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.en_US
dc.format.extent116 p.
dc.format.mediumelectronic
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.otheru0015_0000001_0001329
dc.identifier.otherAustin_alatus_0004D_11634
dc.identifier.urihttps://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1796
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.hasversionborn digital
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.rightsAll rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.en_US
dc.subjectPsychology
dc.subjectPublic health
dc.titleWhat moves you?: adoption and maintenance of physical activity among midlife and older African American womenen_US
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etdms.degree.departmentUniversity of Alabama. Department of Psychology
etdms.degree.disciplinePsychology
etdms.degree.grantorThe University of Alabama
etdms.degree.leveldoctoral
etdms.degree.namePh.D.
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