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

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posted on 01.01.2006, 00:00 authored by Kylie BallKylie Ball, Jo SalmonJo Salmon, B Giles-Corti, David CrawfordDavid Crawford
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

History

Journal

Women & health

Volume

43

Issue

1

Pagination

93 - 113

Publisher

Haworth Press

Location

Binghampton, NY

ISSN

0363-0242

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2006, Taylor & Francis