Cultural perceptions of weight in African American and Caucasian women

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  • Objective: To determine if African American (AA) and Caucasian women grouped variables related to race and weight into discrete clusters and if there were discernable response patterns with unique subgroup characteristics. Methods: Women (N=277, 48% AA) completed a card sorting task, ranking 28 variables. We used multidimensional scaling to determine perceived similarities and differences between variables, and latent class analysis to identify subgroups responding similarly. Results: We identified 5 clusters of variables and 4 response patterns, which were demographically and anthropometrically distinct. Conclusions: These results can be used for empirical cultural tailoring of behavioral weight loss interventions. Copyright (c) PNG Publications. All rights reserved.
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  • Ard JD; Zunker C; Qu H; Cox T; Wingo B; Jefferson W; Shewchuk R
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  • 13
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  • 37
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  • 1