TITLE

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BEHAVIORS AND MOTIVATIONS IN AN ADULT FIRST NATION POPULATION: A PILOT STUDY

AUTHOR(S)
Coble, James D.; Rhodes, Ryan E.; Joan WharfPhDHiggins
PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
Ethnicity & Disease;Winter2009, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p42
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Objectives: To explore the potential utility of the theory of planned behavior in predicting physical activity behaviors and intentions in a sample of First Nation adults and to determine the behaviors and salient beliefs of First Nation adults as they relate to engaging in physical activity. Design: 35 women and 18 men from the Westbank First Nation community completed a mail-out questionnaire based on the theory of planned behavior. Follow-up focus groups were used to elicit accessible beliefs and to determine actual behaviors (N= 12). Results: Intention significantly explained 16% of the variance in behavior. Only affective attitude and perceived behavioral control predicted intention but explained 50% of the variance. Qualitative analyses revealed that despite similarities, First Nation adults may engage in culturally specific activities and may have unique salient beliefs compared with the general population. Conclusion: To increase intentions, interventions should focus on the affective benefits of being physically active and promote activities perceived as easy to do with facilities that are accessible.
ACCESSION #
37368395

 

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