Acculturation and physical activity among Latinos

Ana F. Abraído-Lanza, Karen R. Flórez, Rachel C. Shelton

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Despite the many health benefits of physical activity (PA), the majority of Latinos do not meet recommended levels of PA. This chapter provides an overview of research on acculturation and PA among adult Latinos in the United States. It identifies gaps in knowledge concerning the association between acculturation and different types of PA, the joint effects of socioeconomic position and acculturation on PA, and research on gender. It suggests several areas for further research related to acculturation and PA, including an exploration of norms, social networks, and broader social contexts. It concludes that although the bulk of evidence indicates that greater acculturation is associated with increased PA, more complex research designs and greater methodological and conceptual rigor are needed to move forward research in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Acculturation and Health
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780190215217
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Acculturation
  • Activity
  • Familism
  • Latino
  • Leisure time
  • Measurement
  • Norm
  • Occupational
  • Physical
  • Social network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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