Correlates of Physical Activity and Wellness Program Completion Among Mexican-American Women




Ahrens, Jennifer N.

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The overall objective of this dissertation was to identify the correlates of successful completion of a weight loss program designed for Mexican American (MA) women. The correlates chosen to examine were often identified in the literature as correlates of physical activity. This dissertation is comprised of two research articles and one comprehensive review of literature. The review was to identify personal factors that were associated with physical activity in minority women, specifically Hispanic women. One study explored the relationships between program completion and previously identified sociodemographic correlates of physical activity (i.e., age, education, employment status, marital status, income, and number of children). The other study examined the relationship between program completion and exercise self-efficacy, a purported correlate of physical activity. Both research studies are retrospective in nature, as they included data collected during 2005 and 2006 from, ;A Tu Sa/ud!, a culturally sensitive wellness program designed for overweight, low socio-economic status (SES), MA women.



health, hygiene, weight loss, physical fitness, women, self-efficacy, Mexican-American


Ahrens, J.N. (2009). Correlates of physical activity and wellness program completion among Mexican-American women (Unpublished dissertation). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.


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