The influence of marianismo beliefs on physical activity of mid-life immigrant Latinas: A Photovoice study

Karen T. D'Alonzo, Manoj Sharma

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Readers should also refer to the journal's website at and check volume 2, issue 2 to view the visual material in colour. Various explanations have been proposed to explain the low levels of physical activity among Latinas. Included is the construct marianismo, which describes the influence of cultural beliefs on gender role identity, including prioritisation of familial responsibilities over self-care. The purpose of the study was to explore the influence of marianismo beliefs on participation in habitual and incidental physical activity among middle-aged immigrant Hispanic women, using a community-based participatory research approach and Photovoice methodology. Eight immigrant Hispanic women were given digital cameras and asked to photograph typical daily routines, including household activities, family/childcare and occupational responsibilities. Subjects then met to discuss their impressions. Data were analysed using Spradley's Developmental Research Sequence. Results revealed that a combination of marianismo beliefs and socioeconomic pressures appeared to negatively influence women's ability to participate in physical activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-249
Number of pages21
JournalQualitative Research in Sport and Exercise
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


  • Culture circles
  • Ethnography
  • Latinas
  • Photovoice
  • Physical activity


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