Guinn, Bobby; Vincent, Vern
March 2008
American Journal of Health Studies;2008, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p9
Academic Journal
Mexican American females have the highest leisure-time physical inactivity prevalence of any population subgroup. The purpose of this study was to identify barriers distinguishing physically inactive and active border Mexican American women. The study sample consisted of 436 subjects ranging in age from 23 to 62 years. Data were collected through a self-report survey instrument comprised of barrier, present activity level, education, health, and marital status items. Descriptive discriminant analysis was used to determine which variables made the greatest contribution in discerning between groups. Results indicated that the intrapersonal constraint of lack of motivation and the structural constraint of lack of time differentiated between inactive and active subjects. These results have implications for the development of interventions designed to overcome perceived physical activity obstacles.


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