Associated pathways between neighborhood environment, community resource factors and leisure-time physical activity among Mexican-American adults in San Diego, CA
Published Date:2012 May-Jun
Source:Am J Health Promot. 26(5):281-288.
Interviews As Topic
Pubmed Central ID:PMC3904444
Funding:R25 GM058906/GM/NIGMS NIH HHS/United States
U48 DP000036/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
1 R25 GM58906-08/GM/NIGMS NIH HHS/United States
U48 DP00036-03/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
To examine pathways between individual, social, and environmental factors associated with leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) among Mexican-American adults.
Cross-sectional design using random digit dialing to administer a structured telephone interview.
Mexican-American adults living in a U.S./Mexican border community in San Diego, CA (N=672).
Data were collected on LTPA, demographic characteristics, acculturation, and other psychosocial and environmental factors associated with LTPA.
Structural equation modeling to test an a priori model of LTPA.
Participants were mostly female (71%) with a mean age of 39 years (SD = 13). Only 32% of participants met PA guidelines in their leisure time, with men (39%) meeting the guidelines more than women (29%). Using structural equation modeling, neighborhood factors, both social and environmental, showed indirect relationships with meeting PA guidelines through community resource factors. Significant covariates included marital status and age.
Individual, social and environmental factors were associated with LTPA in this sample of Mexican-American adults. These findings can inform intervention studies that aim to increase LTPA in this population.
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