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ERIC Number: EJ926310
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
Stressful Life Events and Behavior Change: A Qualitative Examination of African American Women's Participation in a Weight Loss Program
Cox, Tiffany L.; Zunker, Christie; Wingo, Brooks C.; Jefferson, Wendy K.; Ard, Jamy D.
Qualitative Report, v16 n3 p622-634 May 2011
We qualitatively assessed how life stressors affected African American women's participation in a weight reduction program. A sample of 9 women, who completed a behavioral lifestyle intervention, participated in individual, structured, in-depth interviews. Life stressors, ranging from personal illness to changes in employment status, had varied effects on participation. Some women coped with life stressors by using them as a motivational tool to improve their own health, while others reported limited ability to devote time to attend meetings or engage in the prescribed lifestyle changes due to life stressors. A critical key to improving weight loss outcomes for African American women may be using intervention strategies that teach positive coping skills to alter maladaptive responses to life stressors. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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