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Res Theory Nurs Pract. 2008;22(3):192-204.

Self-efficacy and social support as mediators between culturally specific dance and lifestyle physical activity.

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  • 1Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio 44106-4904, USA. cjm10@case.edu

Abstract

Culturally specific dance has the potential to generate health benefits but is seldom used even among studies advocating culturally specific interventions. This study examined the components of self-efficacy and social support as mediators between culturally specific dance and lifestyle physical activity in African American women (N = 126). An experimental design compared intervention and control groups for mediating effects of self-efficacy and social support on lifestyle physical activity. Findings indicated that only outcome expectations and social support from friends mediated effects. Culturally specific dance is a first step in encouraging African American women to become more physically active and improve health outcomes. The implications are that culturally specific dance programs can improve health outcomes by including members of underserved populations.

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18763475
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PMC3564223
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