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Characteristics of physically active and inactive men from low socioeconomic communities and housing estates: a qualitative study using the socioecological model

Casey, Meghan and Eime, Rochelle and Ball, Kevin and Payne, Warren (2011) Characteristics of physically active and inactive men from low socioeconomic communities and housing estates: a qualitative study using the socioecological model. Annals of Leisure Research, 14 (1). pp. 1-21. ISSN 1174-5398

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Abstract

This qualitative study compares experiences of men from low socioeconomic status (SES) communities who achieved sufficient physical activity (PA) with those who did not. The socioecological model of health guided interviews with men (n=25) and community health workers (n=4) to explore individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, environmental and policy influences on PA participation. Men generally reported that they had poor health, financial barriers, were unfamiliar with community PA facilities and programs, had limited social support, and lived in unsafe neighbourhoods. There were clear differences between active and inactive men. Inactive men described their inability to cope with poor health, and consequent perceptions of disconnection. They did not identify positive PA outcomes and seemed consumed by stressful life situations. Active men identified barriers to existing programs such as the exclusive culture of PA facilities. It is important that personal circumstances are understood, and financial and cultural barriers addressed to promote PA among men from low SES communities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID23453, ResPubID23666,men’s health, exercise, health behaviour, obesity, physical activity, qualitative methods, vulnerable populations
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Other
SEO Classification > 9299 Other Health
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2011 15:27
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2014 03:20
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6826
DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2011.575042
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