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In their own voices: definitions and interpretations of physical activity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14583168     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Terms such as physical activity, exercise, and leisure are perceived and interpreted differently by people differing in gender, class, and sociocultural factors. We accessed multiple diverse data sources (including qualitative data recently collected in research and evaluation studies) to explore African-American and American Indian women's (age 40+) definitions, meanings, and interpretations of "physical activity". These women reported that physical activity is typically considered to be structured "exercise" and not incidental activities of daily life. The term "leisure" was interpreted from a cultural perspective as being lazy. These women also had difficulty understanding the meaning of "intensity" (e.g., "moderate", "vigorous"). Researchers must acknowledge and understand inconsistencies that arise and how these might influence design of, and responses to, self-report assessment of physical activity.
Catrine Tudor-Locke; Karla A Henderson; Sara Wilcox; Rhonda S Cooper; J Larry Durstine; Barbara E Ainsworth
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1049-3867     ISO Abbreviation:  Womens Health Issues     Publication Date:    2003 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-10-29     Completed Date:  2003-12-04     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9101000     Medline TA:  Womens Health Issues     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  194-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Exercise and Wellness, Arizona State University, Mesa, Arizona 85212, USA.
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MeSH Terms
African Americans / psychology*
Aged, 80 and over
Attitude to Health*
Cross-Cultural Comparison
Exercise / psychology*
Indians, North American / psychology*
Leisure Activities / psychology*
Questionnaires / standards
United States
Women's Health
Grant Support
W22-U48/CCU409664-03/CC/CDC HHS

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