Cultural Beliefs and Attitudes of Black and Hispanic College-Age Women Toward Exercise

Karen D'Alonzo, Natalie Fischetti

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the cultural knowledge that informs exercise behaviors among Black and Hispanic college-age women. Focus groups were conducted among 26 Black or Hispanic female college students. Questions were based on constructs from social cognitive theory. Data were analyzed using content analysis. Latinas were found to be more likely to view vigorous exercise as “unfeminine” and cited family responsibilities as barriers. Black women enjoyed the competition and camaraderie of exercise, but felt pressure to conform to White standards of beauty. There appear to be distinct differences in the cultural beliefs that inform exercise behaviors among these women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-183
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)

Keywords

  • Black and Hispanic
  • college-age women
  • exercise
  • focus group analysis
  • health promotion
  • physical activity

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