ERIC Number: EJ832239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Support Needs of Overweight African American Women for Weight Loss
Thomas, Janet L.; Stewart, Diana W.; Lynam, Ian M.; Daley, Christine M.; Befort, Christie; Scherber, Robyn M.; Mercurio, Andrea E.; Okuyemi, Kolawole S.; Ahluwalia, Jasjit S.
American Journal of Health Behavior, v33 n4 p339-352 2009
Objectives: To examine social support needs of obese and overweight African American women for weight loss. Methods: Focus groups were conducted with overweight and obese African American women. Data were analyzed using standard grounded theory text analysis. Results: Our middle-aged (45.7 years; SD = 12.6) women (N = 66) were interested in receiving support from others focused on the health benefits of weight loss. Behaviors perceived as supportive include co-participating in exercise, providing nutrition education, using positive reinforcements, and avoiding criticism. Conclusions: African American women are interested in a program designed to increase social support for their weight loss.
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Obesity, Females, Focus Groups, Nutrition, Nutrition Instruction, African Americans, Exercise, Positive Reinforcement, Adults, Behavior Modification
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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