ERIC Number: EJ926119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Physical Activity among African American Women: Change and Ways of Knowing
Henderson, Karla A.
Quest, v63 n1 p73-84 Feb 2011
Research has grown in the 21st century regarding the physical activity patterns of racial and ethnic minorities. Although more is now known about some groups, disparities in health have not diminished. The purpose of this paper is to further explore the research about physical activity for African American women and suggest ways that future research might be conducted to address social and environmental justice relative to healthy behaviors. More information about race and gender can facilitate the promotion of physical activity and healthy living for all individuals, and can address the environmental as well as policy issues influencing behavior. Research focusing on qualitative data, moving beyond explanations of only racial categorical differences, emphasizing the cultural competence of researchers, acknowledging the importance of intersectionality, and using more theorizing may promote better ways of knowing about groups such as African American women.
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Females, Physical Activity Level, African Americans, Racial Differences, Social Justice, Health Behavior, Gender Differences, Environmental Influences, Public Policy, Research Methodology, Intervention, Minority Groups, Qualitative Research, Racial Identification, Obesity, Leisure Time
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