Leisure-time physical activity in an African-American population
- Clifford L. Broman
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Despite the many important benefits of leisure-time physical exercise on health, many Americans do not engage in exercise. This is more the case for the African-American population. This study assesses the impact of efficacy cognitions on leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) in an African-American sample. Our findings show that LTPA is predicted by the sense of efficacy in this African-American sample. Further analyses address significant factors in the prediction of the sense of efficacy. We find that the general sense of mastery predicts efficacy in this African-American sample. This may be especially significant for the African-American population. Also, analysis reveals surprising findings concerning characteristics predictive of efficacy cognitions. The highly educated are least likely to believe in the efficacy of preventive health behavior.
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- Leisure-time physical activity in an African-American population
Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Volume 18, Issue 4 , pp 341-353
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- physical activity
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- 1. Department of Sociology, Michigan State University, 48824-1111, East Lansing, Michigan