Perceived barriers to community-based health promotion program participation.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVES: To examine barriers and self-efficacy relative to attendance at a cardiovascular risk reduction program. METHODS: Subjects (N=161) represented 3 levels of program participation: full, minimum, and none. Survey scales for barriers to attendance and health behavior change, food security, and self-efficacy for nutrition and physical activity were administered. RESULTS: Minimum and no-exposure participants perceived significantly more barriers to attendance than did the full-exposure participants (P<0.05); barriers to health behavior change were not significantly different. Self-efficacy for nutrition and physical activity were not significantly different among the groups. CONCLUSIONS: Health promotion programs need to consider anytime, any place modes of program delivery to address "program day and time" and "no time to attend" barriers perceived by target audiences.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gatewood, JG; Litchfield, RE; Ryan, SJ; Geadelmann, JDM; Pendergast, JF; Ullom, KK

Published Date

  • 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 260 - 271

PubMed ID

  • 18067466

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1087-3244

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5555/ajhb.2008.32.3.260


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England