Stephanie Vaughn, PhD RN CRRN, is an assistant professor at California State University at Fullerton.
Factors Influencing the Participation of Middle-Aged and Older Latin-American Women in Physical Activity: A Stroke-Prevention Behavior
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
2009 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 17–23, January-February 2009
How to Cite
Vaughn, S. (2009), Factors Influencing the Participation of Middle-Aged and Older Latin-American Women in Physical Activity: A Stroke-Prevention Behavior. Rehabilitation Nursing, 34: 17–23. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2009.tb00243.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- cultural strategies;
- Latin-American health physical activity
Despite the known benefits of regular physical activity for preventing stroke and cardiovascular disease, middle-aged and older Latin-American women continue to be physically inactive and demonstrate a high incidence of obesity. Ethnographic methodology was used to explore factors that influenced this health behavior in 25 Latin-American women. Perceptions of health, the health activities in which they engaged, and the factors that influenced their participation in physical activity comprised the three categories of responses. Facilitators and barriers were identified as the two primary categories and were further sorted into intrinsic or extrinsic factors. Conclusions of this study were that these Latin American women, despite multiple role demands and other barriers, participated in some form of physical activity; however, culturally sensitive strategies are needed to promote sustained physical activity in this population.