Associate Professor (retired).
Decisional balance for exercise: Adaptation of an instrument for older Mexican American women†
Article first published online: 14 SEP 2005
Copyright © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 28, Issue 5, pages 388–397, October 2005
How to Cite
Laffrey, S. C. and Lee, Y. S. (2005), Decisional balance for exercise: Adaptation of an instrument for older Mexican American women. Res. Nurs. Health, 28: 388–397. doi: 10.1002/nur.20098
The authors acknowledge the assistance of Dr. Kristopher Arheart, bio-statistician, Mr. David Laffrey, technical writer, and Dr. Michael Erard, editor, with data analysis and review of this manuscript.
- Issue published online: 14 SEP 2005
- Article first published online: 14 SEP 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 JUN 2005
- A research grant from the University of Texas at Austin
- Mexican American;
- decisional balance;
- exercise readiness;
- habitual activity;
The purpose of this study was to adapt and test an instrument to measure decisional balance for exercise with older Mexican American women. Items were derived from a Decisional Balance Scale (DBS) developed by Marcus, Rakowski, and Rossi (1992) and a focus group with Mexican American women aged 60 to 86 years. The adapted Spanish-English DBS was administered to 75 Mexican American women (38 exercisers and 37 non-exercisers). A factor analysis yielded a positive and a negative factor. Alpha coefficients were .95 for the positive factor and .79 for the negative factor. Decisional balance for exercise was significantly more positive for the exercisers than for the non-exercisers and was positively related to exercise readiness and habitual activity. The findings suggest that the adapted Spanish-English DBS can be used in exercise and activity research with older Mexican American women. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 28: 388–397, 2005.