traffic safety behaviors, 13 and socialization with other children and adults. 7 A previous qualitative study on ACS using focus groups of immigrant families identified benefits of walking to school, with parents most frequently citing physical health benefits from walking. 14 Parents expressed
Katie Teller, Mark Abbey-Lambertz, Nasira Sharma, Alan Waite, Scott Ickes, and Jason A. Mendoza
perception to align with the reality of balance performance and setting a realistic physical activity plan. Methods Design An exploratory qualitative study approach was employed to explore the older adults’experience with the PEER intervention, and data were collected using weekly exercise logs, exercise
Paige M. Watkins, Elissa Burton, and Anne-Marie Hill
experience in encouraging the promotion of RT for older people. The aim of this study was to explore the experience of peers in encouraging participation in RT among older community-dwelling adults. Methods Design An exploratory qualitative study design was used to explore the experiences of peers in
Claire R. Jenkin, Rochelle M. Eime, Hans Westerbeek, and Jannique G.Z. van Uffelen
members of an African American church: A qualitative study . Health Education Research, 22 ( 6 ), 815 – 826 . PubMed ID: 17138614 doi:10.1093/her/cyl149 10.1093/her/cyl149 Bronikowski , M. , Bronikowska , M. , Pluta , B. , Maciaszek , J. , Tomczak , M. , & Glapa , A. ( 2016 ). Positive
Florence Lebrun, Áine MacNamara, Dave Collins, and Sheelagh Rodgers
differences and commonalities on the rocky road . Frontiers in Psychology, 6 ( 2009 ), 1 – 11 . doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.02009 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.02009 Cornford , C.S. , Hill , A. , & Reilly , J. ( 2007 ). How patients with depressive symptoms view their condition: A qualitative study . Family
Janeth Mosquera, Diana C. Parra, Luis Fernando Gomez, Olga Sarmiento, Tom Schmid, and Enrique Jacoby
The health benefits of physical activity are well documented in scientific literature. Bicycling for transportation is a modality of physical activity that people can incorporate easily into their daily lives.
A qualitative study using 11 semi-structured individual interviews and 5 focus groups was conducted among 31 male and 13 female adult residents of Bogotá, Colombia in 2006, to explore barriers and facilitators of bicycle use for transportation purposes. People were selected based on socioeconomic status, age, and gender. Thematic analysis complemented with thematic network analysis was used to analyze the data.
Six main themes emerged from the study: 1) general acknowledgment of individual and collective benefits of bicycle use, 2) built environment conditions were linked with bicycle use, 3) some social factors affect bicycling negatively, 4) people perceived conflicts over public space related to the use of bike-paths, 5) general negative public perception of bicyclists, and 6) gender differences influence patterns of bicycle use.
The findings from this qualitative study show that various social and physical barriers must be addressed to increase bicycle use as a means of transportation in Bogotá.
Cecilia Winberg, Gunilla Carlsson, Christina Brogårdh, and Jan Lexell
Maintaining regular physical activity (PA) can be challenging for persons with late effects of polio. This qualitative study of ambulatory persons with late effects of polio explored their perceptions of PA, as well as facilitators of and barriers to PA. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 15 persons and analyzed with content analysis using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) as a framework. The participants described positive perceptions of PA and its health benefits. PA was used to prevent further decline in functioning, and the type and frequency of activities had changed over time. Past experiences and personal characteristics impacted PA. Support from close relatives, knowledgeable health care professionals, mobility devices, and accessible environments facilitated PA, whereas impairments, inaccessible environments, and cold weather were the main barriers. To perform PA regularly, persons with late effects of polio may benefit from individualized advice based on their disability and personal and environmental factors.
Wendy M. Holmes and Madeleine E. Hackney
The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the experiences of 16 individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) partaking in an adapted tango class and the perceived impact on participation and quality of life (QOL). The Ecology of Human Performance and the International Classification of Function were the theoretical frameworks for the study. Data collection involved focus groups conducted during the intervention and at a follow-up six months later. Data analysis followed inductive thematic analysis techniques. The themes addressed living with PD, the class structure and experiences, the participants’ expectations for the class, and the multiple effects experienced by participants at both time periods. The results suggest that adapted tango, when offered in a structured environment with skilled instruction, may improve skills for participation in daily activities and contribute to increased QOL for persons with PD.
Sarah E. Scott, Jeff D. Breckon, Robert J. Copeland, and Andrew Hutchison
Physical activity is promoted to help adults manage chronic health conditions, but evidence suggests that individuals relapse after intervention cessation. The objective of this study was to explore the determinants and strategies for successful and unsuccessful physical activity maintenance.
A qualitative study using semistructured interviews was conducted with 32 participants. Purposive sampling was used to recruit 20 successful and 12 unsuccessful maintainers. Adults with chronic health conditions were recruited having completed a physical activity referral scheme 6 months before study commencement. The IPAQ and SPAQ were used to categorize participants according to physical activity status. Data were analyzed using framework analysis.
Eleven main themes emerged: 1) outcome expectations, 2) experiences, 3) core values, 4) trial and error, 5) social and practical support, 6) attitudes toward physical activity, 7) environmental barriers, 8) psychological barriers, 9) physical barriers, 10) cognitive-behavioral strategies for physical activity self-management (eg, self-monitoring), and 11) condition management (eg, pacing).
The findings identified determinants and strategies for successful maintenance and highlighted the processes involved in physical activity disengagement. Such findings can guide the development of physical activity maintenance interventions and increase activity engagement over the long-term in adults with chronic health conditions.
Claude Ferrand, Sandra Nasarre, Christophe Hautier, and Marc Bonnefoy
The purpose of this study was to identify the motivational profiles of physically active older adults and to achieve a better understanding of their perceived motives to explain their regular physical activity behavior in relation to self-determination theory (SDT). To address these aims, this study used quantitative and qualitative approaches. Older adults (n = 92; M = 74.95, SD = 4.6) completed the French version of the Sport Motivational Scale. A cluster analysis showed two motivational profiles with differential motivational patterns. The first was named the high combined profile, with high scores on intrinsic motivation and introjected regulation and low levels of external regulation. The second profile was the low to moderate motivational profile, with low scores on intrinsic motivation and moderate scores on introjected regulation. The qualitative study’s results demonstrate the usefulness of SDT in explaining the relationship between these motivational profiles and the intertwining of the three basic psychological needs.