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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

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posted on 2011-04-01, 00:00 authored by M Casey, R Eime, Kylie BallKylie Ball, Warren PayneWarren Payne
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.

History

Journal

Annals of leisure research

Volume

14

Pagination

1-21

Location

Abingdon, England

ISSN

1174-5398

eISSN

2159-6816

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, Taylor & Francis

Issue

1

Publisher

Routledge