Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
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Robert E. Bosselman
The study purpose was to explore socioeconomic barriers to overweight and obesity reduction relative to using healthy dietary behaviors and physical activity among African American adults residing in Claiborne and Jefferson Counties, Southwest Mississippi. Six focus groups, totaling 32 participants (9 men; 23 women), were conducted in the Department of Human Sciences at Alcorn State University. Analysis of focus group thematic development indicated barriers to overweight and obesity reduction surrounding low family income and education, high rates of unemployment and poverty, low neighborhood income and education base, race/ethnicity, and traditions. Study results can be used as an avenue to tailor overweight and obesity reduction interventions to the needs of African American adults who reside in the targeted counties.
Mattie Ree Rasco
Rasco, Mattie Ree, "Socioeconomic barriers to overweight and obesity reduction among adults in Claiborne and Jefferson Counties, Southwest Mississippi" (2010). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 11261.