Racial and educational differences in physical activity among older adults

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Abstract

This study utilized a nationally representative sample of older adults to investigate the association of race and education with five different measures of self-reported physical activity. Rates of physical activity were low among white Americans and even lower among African Americans. However, a majority of the racial variation in activity was accounted for by racial differences in educational attainment. Those with 8 or fewer years of education were found to be less active than those with 9 or more, despite having controlled for educational differences in income, health compared to one year ago, functional status, body mass, and chronic disease. Discussion focuses on self-efficacy and social and cultural contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-480
Number of pages9
JournalGerontologist
Volume35
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1995

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Keywords

  • Education
  • Exercise
  • Physical activity
  • Race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging

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Racial and educational differences in physical activity among older adults. / Clark, Daniel.

In: Gerontologist, Vol. 35, No. 4, 1995, p. 472-480.

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