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Exploring intra--person mediators of older mexican american women who exercise: a life history approach

TitleExploring intra--person mediators of older mexican american women who exercise: a life history approach
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsCantu, AG
JournalHispanic Health Care InternationalHispanic Health Care International
Volume9
Pagination99-108
ISBN Number1540-4153
KeywordsAged, Attitude to Health, Autonomy, Cultural Values, Descriptive Research, Educational Status, Employment Status, Exercise -- In Old Age, Family Relations, Family Role, Female, Funding Source, Health Behavior -- Ethnology -- In Old Age, Hispanics -- In Old Age, Human, Immigrants, Interview Guides, Interviews, Life History Review, Marital Status, Mexico, Middle Age, Narratives, Physical Activity, Poverty Areas, Purposive Sample, Qualitative Studies, Sex Role, Snowball Sample, Texas, Thematic Analysis, Urban Areas, Women's Health
AbstractThis study concerned the stories shared by low-income, physically active older Mexican American women, living in an urban neighborhood. Their stories draw attention to the sociocultural factors that inform their decision to sustain exercise in their lives. Using a descriptive, qualitative design with a life history approach revealed a deeper, complex sociocultural profile with individual variations than would have been allowed by standard quantitative data. Participant perceptions of social, cultural, and contextual resources provided an overarching backdrop that guided their choice of exercise and its sustainability. Themes describing affinity for family/kinship relationships demonstrated by "being there," building independence, balancing cultural norms with exercise through resourcefulness, and making it safe to be active captured the sociocultural context of the participants. This data provides a more complete understanding of how perceived sociocultural context may guide the development of culturally tailored interventions that would encourage initiation and sustainability of exercise in older Mexican American women. Este estudio presenta las historias compartidas por mujeres Mexico Americanas, fisicamente activas que viven en un barrio urbano. Sus historias enfocan la atención hacia los factores socioculturales que inciden en su decisión de mantener la actividad física. Un diseño descriptivo cualitativo, con la historia de vida revela un profundo perfil complejo sociocultural con las variaciones individuales que el estándar de datos cuantitativos habría permitido. Las percepciones de los participantes de los recursos sociales, culturales, y contextuales proporcionan un telón de fondo general que guió la elección de su ejercicio y su sostenibilidad. Temas que describen la afinidad de la familia/relaciones de parentesco demostrado por "estar ahí, la independencia de construcción," equilibrando las normas culturales con el ejercicio a través de ingenio, y por lo que es seguro para ser activa capturado el contexto sociocultural de los participantes. Estos datos proporcionan una comprensión más completa de cómo percibe contexto sociocultural puede guiar el desarrollo de intervenciones culturalmente a medida que fomente la iniciación y la sostenibilidad del en actividad física en mujeres mayores de México.