How can socio-economic differences in physical activity among women be explained? A qualitative study

Ball, Kylie, Salmon, Jo, Giles-Corti, Billie and Crawford, David 2006, How can socio-economic differences in physical activity among women be explained? A qualitative study, Women & health, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 93-113.

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Title How can socio-economic differences in physical activity among women be explained? A qualitative study
Author(s) Ball, Kylie
Salmon, Jo
Giles-Corti, Billie
Crawford, David
Journal name Women & health
Volume number 43
Issue number 1
Start page 93
End page 113
Publisher Haworth Press
Place of publication Binghampton, NY
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0363-0242
Summary This qualitative study investigated why women of low socio-economic status (SES) are less physically active than women of higher-SES. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 19 high-, 19 mid- and 18 low-SES women. A social-ecological framework, taking into account intrapersonal, social and environmental level influences, was adopted to guide the development of interview questions and interpretation of data. Thematic analysis identified a number of key influences on physical activity that varied by SES. These included negative early life/family physical activity experiences (a consistent theme among those of low-/mid-SES); participation in a wider range of physical activities in leisure time (high-SES); greater priority given to television viewing (low-SES); lack of time due to work commitments (low-SES); lack of time due to family commitments (high-SES); and neighbourhood-level barriers (low-SES). Financial costs were not perceived as a key barrier by women in any SES group. Public health strategies aimed at reducing SES
Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Taylor & Francis
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