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A national internet survey on midlife women's attitudes toward physical activity.
Nurs Res. 2012 Sep-Oct; 61(5):342-52.NR

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Despite an increasing number of studies of midlife women's physical activity, little is known about how attitudes toward physical activity of midlife women from diverse ethnic groups influence the women's physical activity.

OBJECTIVES

To explore ethnic differences in midlife women's attitudes toward physical activity and determine the relationships between the attitudes and their actual participation in physical activity while considering other influencing factors.

METHODS

The Midlife Women's Attitudes Toward Physical Activity model was used to guide the study. This was a cross-sectional Internet survey study of 542 midlife women. The instruments included questions on background characteristics and health and menopausal status; the Physical Activity Assessment Inventory; a modified Barriers to Health Activities Scale; the Questions on Attitudes Toward Physical Activity, Subjective Norm, Perceived Behavioral Control, and Behavioral Intention; and the Kaiser Physical Activity Survey. The data were analyzed using ANOVA, correlation, hierarchical multiple regression, and path analyses.

RESULTS

There were significant ethnic differences in the attitude scores (F = 2.58, p < .05), but no ethnic differences in the physical activity scores. Interestingly, there were significant ethnic differences in the occupational physical activity scores (F = 5.68, p < .01). Attitude scores accounted for 5% of total variances of the physical activity scores (F(ch) = 43.52, p < .01). The direct paths from the attitude scores (p < .01), the self-efficacy scores (p < .01), and the barrier scores (p < .05) to the physical activity scores were statistically significant.

DISCUSSION

Ethnic differences in the women's attitudes toward physical activity need to be considered in promoting physical activity of midlife women.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 19104, USA. eunim@nursing.upenn.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22699941

Citation

Im, Eun-Ok, et al. "A National Internet Survey On Midlife Women's Attitudes Toward Physical Activity." Nursing Research, vol. 61, no. 5, 2012, pp. 342-52.
Im EO, Chang SJ, Ko Y, et al. A national internet survey on midlife women's attitudes toward physical activity. Nurs Res. 2012;61(5):342-52.
Im, E. O., Chang, S. J., Ko, Y., Chee, W., Stuifbergen, A., & Walker, L. (2012). A national internet survey on midlife women's attitudes toward physical activity. Nursing Research, 61(5), 342-52.
Im EO, et al. A National Internet Survey On Midlife Women's Attitudes Toward Physical Activity. Nurs Res. 2012 Sep-Oct;61(5):342-52. PubMed PMID: 22699941.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A national internet survey on midlife women's attitudes toward physical activity. AU - Im,Eun-Ok, AU - Chang,Sun Ju, AU - Ko,Young, AU - Chee,Wonshik, AU - Stuifbergen,Alexa, AU - Walker,Lorraine, PY - 2012/6/16/entrez PY - 2012/6/16/pubmed PY - 2012/11/9/medline SP - 342 EP - 52 JF - Nursing research JO - Nurs Res VL - 61 IS - 5 N2 - BACKGROUND: Despite an increasing number of studies of midlife women's physical activity, little is known about how attitudes toward physical activity of midlife women from diverse ethnic groups influence the women's physical activity. OBJECTIVES: To explore ethnic differences in midlife women's attitudes toward physical activity and determine the relationships between the attitudes and their actual participation in physical activity while considering other influencing factors. METHODS: The Midlife Women's Attitudes Toward Physical Activity model was used to guide the study. This was a cross-sectional Internet survey study of 542 midlife women. The instruments included questions on background characteristics and health and menopausal status; the Physical Activity Assessment Inventory; a modified Barriers to Health Activities Scale; the Questions on Attitudes Toward Physical Activity, Subjective Norm, Perceived Behavioral Control, and Behavioral Intention; and the Kaiser Physical Activity Survey. The data were analyzed using ANOVA, correlation, hierarchical multiple regression, and path analyses. RESULTS: There were significant ethnic differences in the attitude scores (F = 2.58, p < .05), but no ethnic differences in the physical activity scores. Interestingly, there were significant ethnic differences in the occupational physical activity scores (F = 5.68, p < .01). Attitude scores accounted for 5% of total variances of the physical activity scores (F(ch) = 43.52, p < .01). The direct paths from the attitude scores (p < .01), the self-efficacy scores (p < .01), and the barrier scores (p < .05) to the physical activity scores were statistically significant. DISCUSSION: Ethnic differences in the women's attitudes toward physical activity need to be considered in promoting physical activity of midlife women. SN - 1538-9847 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22699941/A_national_internet_survey_on_midlife_women's_attitudes_toward_physical_activity_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1097/NNR.0b013e31825da85a DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -