Contribution of psychosocial factors to physical activity in women of color in the saving lives staying active (SALSA) Study

Scherezade K. Mama, Lorna H. McNeill, Erica G. Soltero, Raul Orlando Edwards, Rebecca E. Lee

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Abstract

Culturally appropriate, innovative strategies to increase physical activity (PA) in women of color are needed. This study examined whether participation in SALSA, an 8-week randomized, crossover pilot study to promote PA, led to improved psychosocial outcomes and whether these changes were associated with changes in PA over time. Women of color (N = 50) completed Internet-based questionnaires on PA, exercise self-efficacy, motivational readiness, stress, and social support at three time points. Women reported high socioeconomic status, decreases in exercise self-efficacy, and increases in motivational readiness for exercise and a number of stressful events (p < .05); changes in motivational readiness for exercise varied by group (p = .043). Changes in psychosocial factors were associated with increases in PA. Latin dance improved motivational readiness for PA. Future studies are needed to determine whether Latin dance improves other psychological measures and quality of life in women of color in an effort to increase PA and reduce health disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-359
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2017

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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