Physical Activity Constraints among Latinos: Identifying Clusters and Acculturation Differences

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Candice M. Bruton, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Understanding leisure-time physical activity among Latinos is a national public health concern. This study examined constraints to leisure-time physical activity among Latinos in North Carolina in relation to their level of acculturation. Data (N = 457) were obtained through a community survey. Four subgroups with similar constraints were identified using cluster analysis: Access and Partner Constrained, Safety and Access Constrained, Least Constrained, and Highly Constrained. Results showed that low acculturation was significantly associated with being highly constrained. Latinos born outside the U.S. were more likely to be classified as Access and Partner Constrained and Safety and Access Constrained. The findings contribute to understanding constraints in the context of acculturation and offer practitioners perspective on creating physical activity programs for Latinos.

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Journal of Leisure Research, 45(1), 74-90
Language: English
Date: 2013
Latinos, constraints, physical activity, recreation, acculturation

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