Health-promoting behaviors of African American women

Nurs Res. 1994 Mar-Apr;43(2):86-9.


Limited information exists concerning health behaviors of African American women. The purposes of this study were to describe health-promoting lifestyle behaviors among a sample of 187 African American women and to compare findings to other published reports on the Health-Promoting Lifestyle Profile (HPLP) instrument. Subscales with the highest means in this study were interpersonal support and self-actualization. However, when compared to reports of HPLP scores for other groups, total HPLP and subscale scores of women in this study were generally lower. Readability and applicability of the HPLP instrument may affect its validity and reliability in a diverse sample.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Black or African American* / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Behavior / ethnology*
  • Health Promotion* / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Middle Aged
  • Midwestern United States
  • Psychological Tests / statistics & numerical data
  • Regression Analysis
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Urban Population / statistics & numerical data
  • Women's Health*