Title

Applying exercise stage of change to a low-income underserved population

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Emergency Medicine

Date

3-18-2003

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Adult; Behavior Therapy; *Behavioral Research; Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System; Educational Status; *Exercise; Female; Humans; Louisiana; Male; *Medically Underserved Area; Middle Aged; Models, Psychological; *Poverty; Questionnaires; Risk Factors; *Self Efficacy

Disciplines

Emergency Medicine

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To validate the transtheoretical model for exercise behavior and the constructs of decisional balance and self-efficacy for exercise in a low-income, poorly educated primary care sample.

METHODS: Patients attending public primary-care clinics from 4 separate sites in Louisiana were interviewed regarding their health behaviors.

RESULTS: The data provide equivocal support for applying the transtheoretical model for exercise and integrating it with other models of behavior change within this population.

CONCLUSIONS: Further studies modifying the decisional balance measures are necessary before definitive statements regarding the applicability of these models to exercise within this specialized population can be made.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Am J Health Behav. 2003 Mar-Apr;27(2):99-107.

Comments

At the time of publication, Edwin Boudreaux was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

12639067