Psychosocial Correlates and Outcomes of Physical Activity among Latinos: A Review

David X. Marquez, Edward McAuley, Natalie Overman

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Despite the many physical and psychological benefits of physical activity, it is well documented that the general population does not engage in sufficient leisure time physical activity to accrue such benefits. In the Latino population the situation is even more dire. This review focuses on studies of the relationship between physical activity and psychosocial correlates and outcomes in Latino men and women. It was demonstrated that the majority of studies with Latino participants examined constructs similar to those studied in the general population, namely, self-efficacy, social support, and perceived barriers. The existing literature is discussed in terms of (a) the lack of information on the psychological/psychosocial constructs of physical activity for Latinos, (b) the lack of intervention research, (c) reporting results of studies as "minority correlates," (d) the importance of Latino subcultures and the heterogeneity of Latinos, and (e) the measurement of physical activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-229
Number of pages35
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2004


  • Correlates
  • Hispanic
  • Latino
  • Outcomes
  • Physical activity
  • Psychosocial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language


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