Association between temperament and physical activity in a population of minority women

Joey Loren Walker, The University of Texas School of Public Health


Physical activity has been, and remains, a significant public health issue. Thus, increasing physical activity has been identified as a top priority according to Healthy People 2010. Various behavioral variables have been associated with participation in physical activity, including the Type A behavior pattern (TABP). This study was a secondary data analysis of the Women On The Move pilot study data and examined the relationship between Type A behavior with physical activity. The study population consisted of fifty-six (56) adult minority women 40 years of age and above. The Thurstone Activity Scale was adapted for use in this study to measure TABP. Physical activity behavior was measured using an accelerometer (Computer Science Application, [CSA]) and a physical activity diary. All study questions were examined using multiple linear regression analysis. In all analyses age, household income, and level of education were entered as covariates. The results found no association with TABP and exercise or physical activity. More research involving a larger, more active study population is recommended in order to more precisely determine the relationship of TABP and physical activity.

Subject Area

Minority & ethnic groups|Sociology|Public health|Womens studies|Personality

Recommended Citation

Walker, Joey Loren, "Association between temperament and physical activity in a population of minority women" (2001). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1406495.