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Health behavior and behavioral economics: economic preferences and physical activity stages of change in a low-income African-American community.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23448410     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To examine the relationship between physical activity stages of change and preferences for financial risk and time.
DESIGN: A cross-sectional, community-based study.
SETTING: A low-income, urban, African-American neighborhood.
SUBJECTS: One hundred sixty-nine adults.
MEASURES: Self-reported physical activity stages of change-precontemplation to maintenance, objectively measured body mass index and waist circumference, and economic preferences for time and risk measured via incentivized economic experiments.
ANALYSIS: Multivariable ordered logistic regression models were used to examine the association between physical activity stages of change and economic preferences while controlling for demographic characteristics of the individuals.
RESULTS: Individuals who are more tolerant of financial risks (odds ratio [OR] = 1.31, p < .05) and whose time preferences indicate more patience (OR = 1.68, p < .01) are more likely to be in a more advanced physical activity stage (e.g., from preparation to action). The likelihood of being in the maintenance stage increases by 5.6 and 10.9 percentage points for each one-unit increase in financial risk tolerance or one-unit increase in the time preference measure, respectively.
CONCLUSION: Greater tolerance of financial risk and more patient time preferences among this low-income ethnic minority population are associated with a more advanced physical activity stage. Further exploration is clearly warranted in larger and more representative samples.
Tammy Leonard; Kerem Shuval; Angela de Oliveira; Celette Sugg Skinner; Catherine Eckel; James C Murdoch
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of health promotion : AJHP     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0890-1171     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Health Promot     Publication Date:    2013 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-01     Completed Date:  2014-01-08     Revised Date:  2014-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8701680     Medline TA:  Am J Health Promot     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  211-21     Citation Subset:  T    
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MeSH Terms
African Americans*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health Behavior*
Logistic Models
Middle Aged
Motor Activity*
Odds Ratio
Risk Reduction Behavior*
Urban Population*
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