Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors Predicting Physical Activity Among Minority Mothers
by Gonzalez, Aliza, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 41; 10261831
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this experimental design was to analyze environmental factors influencing physical activity among low-income, minority mothers of young children participating in an intervention to increase physical activity. The women (n = 30) were randomized into experimental and control groups and were assessed at baseline and 3 months later. Data were gathered using semi-structured interviews and self-report measures.

Independent samples t-tests were conducted to examine the effects of dichotomous demographic variables and group status on physical activity levels. Correlations were used to assess the effects of Daily Hassles, Self-Efficacy: Barriers, and Social Support for Exercise (both friend and family). The results did not yield any significant differences or correlations.

Further research is needed with a larger sample. This line of research is important to social work as it reflects the person-in-environment theory, which can assist in the development of exercise enhancement interventions aimed at underrepresented populations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn K.
Commitee: Brocato, Jo, Wilson, Steve
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Womens studies
Keywords: Latinas, Minority, Mothers, Physical activity
Publication Number: 10261831
ISBN: 978-1-369-69843-5
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