Outcomes of a program to enhance exercise self-efficacy and improve fitness in black and hispanic college-age women

Karen D'Alonzo, Joanne S. Stevenson, Shala E. Davis

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A quasi-experimental design was used to test the outcomes of an exercise program directed towards Black and Hispanic college-age women. Forty-four women (36 Black, 7 Hispanic, and 1 Black/Hispanic) attended exercise classes three times per week for 16 weeks. At program completion, women were classified as either high attendees (n = 26) or low attendees (n = 18). Compared to low attendees, the high attendees had significantly higher exercise self-efficacy (p < .001), perceived benefits and barriers (P = .004), aerobic fitness, flexibility, muscle strength, and percentage of body fat (all p < .001). Daily activity levels improved significantly in the high attendance group following the program (p < .001) and at 8 weeks post-program completion (P = .01).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-369
Number of pages13
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2004


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)


  • Black and hispanic women
  • Exercise
  • Exercise self-efficacy
  • Health promotion
  • Intervention
  • Resistance training

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