|Institution:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Keywords:||Social work; Women's studies|
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The purpose of this experimental design was to analyze environmental factors influencing physical activity among low-income, minority mothers of young children participating in an intervention to increase physical activity. The women (n = 30) were randomized into experimental and control groups and were assessed at baseline and 3 months later. Data were gathered using semi-structured interviews and self-report measures. Independent samples t-tests were conducted to examine the effects of dichotomous demographic variables and group status on physical activity levels. Correlations were used to assess the effects of Daily Hassles, Self-Efficacy: Barriers, and Social Support for Exercise (both friend and family). The results did not yield any significant differences or correlations. Further research is needed with a larger sample. This line of research is important to social work as it reflects the person-in-environment theory, which can assist in the development of exercise enhancement interventions aimed at underrepresented populations.