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Predicting Physical Activity Among Low-income Mexican American Women: Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior

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Abstract:

Objectives : To utilize the theory of planned behavior (TPB) in explaining the prediction of physical activity intention and determine if present activity behavior attenuates theory construct relationships in a sample of low-income Mexican women.

Methods : Data were gathered on 201 subjects through a self-report survey instrument and analyzed through structural equation modeling.

Results : Present activity behavior attenuated theory construct influence on intention, and perceived behavioral control was the strongest predictor of intent to engage in physical activity.

Conclusions : Interventions promoting voluntary physical activity for this population group should address factors perceived as barriers to participating in activity situations.

Keywords: activity behavior; attitudes; perceived behavioral control; subjective norm

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.31.2.1

Publication date: March 1, 2007

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