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Am J Health Behav. 2009 Nov-Dec;33(6):673-85.

Social support and companionship among active African American women.

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  • 1University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Health Sciences, Center for Urban Population Health, Milwaukee, WI 53233, USA. harley@uwm.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the role of physical activity (PA) companions in supporting PA participation among African American women.

METHODS:

Data were collected through in-depth interviews and focus groups. Fifteen physically active African American women participated in the study. Grounded theory data analysis techniques were used to develop a taxonomy depicting roles of PA companions for African American women.

RESULTS:

PA companions functioned in 4 different roles: motivational, social, facilitative, and instructional. Supportive behaviors associated with each role were also elucidated.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings provide an understanding for the function of companions in sustaining active lifestyle that can be used to inform intervention development.

PMID:
19320616
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