Physical activity among African American parents of young children: personal and environmental factors

Kashica J. Webber-Ritchey *, Ruth E.taylor-Piliae **, Kathleen C. Insel ** and Lois Loescher ***

(*) School of Nursing, DePaul University,Chicago, IL, USA
(**) College of Nursing Biobehavioral Health Science, University of Arizona,Tucson, AZ, USA
(***) College of Nursing and Mel and Enid, Zuckerman, College of Public Health, University of Arizona,Tucson, USA

Citation

J. Webber-Ritchey, K., E.taylor-Piliae, R., C. Insel, K., Loescher, L. (2016). Physical activity among African American parents of young children: personal and environmental factors. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 47(6), 523-544. doi:10.7352/IJSP.2016.47.523

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To assess the factors that influence self-reported physical activity (PA). METHODS: African American (AA) parents/caregivers (n=96; M age=36 years) completed an online survey to describe PA, personal (PA knowledge, exercise self-efficacy-SE and outcome expectations-OE) and environmental factors (social economic status-SES, neighborhood safety-NS, and culture). RESULTS: Moderate (30%, n=29) to high (54%, n=52) levels of PA were reported. There were significant correlations between PA and NS (rs=.25) and PA knowledge and PA (rs =-.30). Significant predictors of PA included SE (β=.21, t(84)=2.20, p=.030), NS (

Keywords: African American Neighborhood safety, Parents, physical activity, self-efficacy


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