Stressful life events and behavior change: A qualitative examination of African American women's participation in a weight loss program

Academic Article


  • We qualitatively assessed how life stressors affected African American women's participation in a weight reduction program. A sample of 9 women, who completed a behavioral lifestyle intervention, participated in individual, structured, in-depth interviews. Life stressors, ranging from personal illness to changes in employment status, had varied effects on participation. Some women coped with life stressors by using them as a motivational tool to improve their own health, while others reported limited ability to devote time to attend meetings or engage in the prescribed lifestyle changes due to life stressors. A critical key to improving weight loss outcomes for African American women may be using intervention strategies that teach positive coping skills to alter maladaptive responses to life stressors. © 2011.
  • Pubmed Id

  • 16317361
  • Author List

  • Cox TL; Zunker C; Wingo BC; Jefferson WK; Ard JD
  • Start Page

  • 622
  • End Page

  • 634
  • Volume

  • 16
  • Issue

  • 3