African American Women’s Perceived Influences on and Strategies to Reduce Sedentary Behavior

Tatiana Y. Warren, Sara Wilcox, Sara M. St. George, Heather M. Brandt

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We conducted three focus groups to examine African American women’s perceptions of factors influencing and proposed strategies for reducing sedentary behavior (SB). QSR NVivo 9 facilitated coding and organization of themes. Although participants (n = 32, 53.6 ± 6.0 years, 75% obese) were unfamiliar with the term SB prior to focus groups, they described spending large amounts of time in SB at work and home. Participants viewed leisure-time SB as necessary and important but were amenable to decreasing SB at work. Participants also identified personal, social, and environmental factors contributing to SB as well as novel strategies for reducing SB. Results suggest that messages aimed at reducing SB in African American women should be positively framed, viewed within a socioecologic framework, and target nonleisure time SB. SB was viewed as a form of stress reduction; thus, future research might want to emphasize alternative stress management techniques that simultaneously reduce SB.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1112-1122
Number of pages11
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018


  • African Americans
  • United States
  • culture
  • determinants of health
  • environment
  • exercise
  • health behavior
  • minorities
  • qualitative method
  • qualitative research
  • women’s health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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