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Characteristics of physically active and inactive men from low socioeconomic communities and housing estates : a qualitative study using the socioecological model

Casey, Meghan, Eime, Rochelle, Ball, Kylie and Payne, Warren 2011, Characteristics of physically active and inactive men from low socioeconomic communities and housing estates : a qualitative study using the socioecological model, Annals of leisure research, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 1-21.

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Title Characteristics of physically active and inactive men from low socioeconomic communities and housing estates : a qualitative study using the socioecological model
Author(s) Casey, Meghan
Eime, Rochelle
Ball, Kylie
Payne, Warren
Journal name Annals of leisure research
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 21
Total pages 21
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2011-04
ISSN 1174-5398
2159-6816
Keyword(s) men’s health
exercise
health behaviour
obesity
physical activity
Summary This qualitative study compares experiences of men from low socioeconomic status (SES) communities who achieved sufficient physical activity (PA) with those who did not. The socioecological model of health guided interviews with men (n=25) and community health workers (n=4) to explore individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, environmental and policy influences on PA participation. Men generally reported that they had poor health, financial barriers, were unfamiliar with community PA facilities and programs, had limited social support, and lived in unsafe neighbourhoods. There were clear differences between active and inactive men. Inactive men described their inability to cope with poor health, and consequent perceptions of disconnection. They did not identify positive PA outcomes and seemed consumed by stressful life situations. Active men identified barriers to existing programs such as the exclusive culture of PA facilities. It is important that personal circumstances are understood, and financial and cultural barriers addressed to promote PA among men from low SES communities.
Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Routledge
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30043893

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