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Understanding Impediments and Enablers to Physical Activity among African American Adults: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Studies


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Objective: To systematically assess and summarize impediments and facilitating factors impacting physical activity participation among African American Adults.

Method: A systematic search of the literature was conducted, which included electronic databases, as well as reference list of relevant papers. Only qualitative studies which measured race and ethnicity and had African American as adult participants were included. The main themes and categories from the qualitative studies pertaining to impediments and facilitators to physical activity were identified and summarized, through descriptive meta-synthesis.

Result: Twenty nine qualitative studies were included. Twenty-one of the studies only focused on adult African American women, and the barriers and facilitators to physical activity as perceived by them. The biggest individual enabler towards physical activity was the positive health benefits associated with regular physical activity. Social support and easy access to parks and facilities were also identified as enablers. Barriers toward physical activity were lack of time, lack of motivation, long work hours, and physical disabilities.

Conclusions: The findings of this review study should be useful to those planning an intervention in African American communities. There is also a need for qualitative studies conducted only among African American men, to better understand their perspective on the facilitators and barriers to physical activity.

Indexing (details)


Subject
African American Studies;
Physical education;
Health education
Classification
0296: African American Studies
0523: Physical education
0680: Health education
Identifier / keyword
Education, Social sciences, African-American, Barriers, Enablers, Health education, Physical actitivity, Qualitative study
Title
Understanding Impediments and Enablers to Physical Activity among African American Adults: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Studies
Author
Siddiqi, Zoveen
Number of pages
52
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0219
Source
MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124708256
Advisor
Shuval, Kerem
Committee member
Tiro, Jasmin
University/institution
The University of Texas School of Public Health
Department
Epidemiology & Disease Control
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
M.P.H.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1494915
ProQuest document ID
876009016
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/876009016
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