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Am J Health Behav. 2003 Mar-Apr;27(2):99-107.

Applying exercise stage of change to a low-income underserved population.

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  • 1The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Behavioral Science, Houston, TX 77030-4095, USA. ccarmack@mdanderson.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To validate the transtheoretical model for exercise behavior and the constructs of decisional balance and self-efficacy for exercise in a low-income, poorly educated primary care sample.

METHODS:

Patients attending public primary-care clinics from 4 separate sites in Louisiana were interviewed regarding their health behaviors.

RESULTS:

The data provide equivocal support for applying the transtheoretical model for exercise and integrating it with other models of behavior change within this population.

CONCLUSIONS:

Further studies modifying the decisional balance measures are necessary before definitive statements regarding the applicability of these models to exercise within this specialized population can be made.

PMID:
12639067
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