Applying exercise stage of change to a low-income underserved population

Academic Article


  • Objectives: To validate the transtheoretical model for exercise behavior and the constructs of decisional balance and self-efficacy for exercise in a low-income, poorly educated primary care sample. Methods: Patients attending public primary-care clinics from 4 separate sites in Louisiana were interviewed regarding their health behaviors. Results: The data provide equivocal support for applying the transtheoretical model for exercise and integrating it with other models of behavior change within this population. Conclusions: Further studies modifying the decisional balance measures are necessary before definitive statements regarding the applicability of these models to exercise within this specialized population can be made.
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    Author List

  • Carmack Taylor CL; Boudreaux ED; Jeffries SK; Scarinci IC; Brantley PJ
  • Start Page

  • 99
  • End Page

  • 107
  • Volume

  • 27
  • Issue

  • 2