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"Positive deviants": a qualitative study of physically active adults in rural environments

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Title
"Positive deviants": a qualitative study of physically active adults in rural environments
Abstract
Rural residents, particularly those in the South, are less physically active than their urban counterparts and often live in areas with limited walkability (e.g., no sidewalks) and minimal access to recreational facilities. The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of what makes certain rural residents physically active despite their environment. Qualitative interviews (N = 29) were conducted with physically active adults who live in rural areas (e.g., outside of town) in southwest Georgia. Participants were 65.5% male and 24.1% African American, with a mean age of 55.9 years. Results suggest that physically active adults in rural areas are motivated by their health and perceive their local surroundings as a resource for physical activity. Understanding how these physically active adults take advantage of their living situations to be physically active has the potential to inform interventions that encourage physical activity in this high-risk population.
Publication
The Journal of Primary Prevention
Volume
34
Issue
1-2
Pages
5-15
Date
Apr 2013
Journal Abbr
J Prim Prev
Language
eng
DOI
10.1007/s10935-013-0291-6
ISSN
1573-6547
Short Title
"Positive deviants"
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NCBI PubMed
Extra
PMID: 23329017
Citation
Kegler, M. C., Alcantara, I., Dubruiel, N., Veluswamy, J. K., Appelbaum, H., & Handwerk, S. (2013). “Positive deviants”: a qualitative study of physically active adults in rural environments. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 34(1–2), 5–15. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10935-013-0291-6