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Correlates of Physical Activity Among African American and White Women

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Objective : To compare potential correlates of physical activity between African American and white women.

Methods : A random-digit-dialed telephone survey was conducted in central South Carolina. Bivariate and multivariate analyses focused on women aged 18+ (N 1176).

Results : African American women reported greater maintenance of sidewalks and public parks than did white women, who reported higher physical activity, exercise self-efficacy, access to indoor walking facilities, and knowledge of mapped-out walking routes. Exercise self-efficacy was the only significant correlate of physical activity among both African American and white women.

Conclusions : Self-efficacy was a robust cross-sectional correlate of physical activity in women.

Keywords: environmental supports; physical activity; self-efficacy; women

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Research Professor, University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health, Prevention Research Center, Columbia, SC.

Publication date: November 1, 2008

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