The Role of Family of Origin in Current Lifestyle Choices

A Qualitative Secondary Data Analysis of Interracial and Same-Race Couples

Ana Laura Fonseca, Jill - Koyama, Emily A Butler

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Abstract

Many Americans are in poor health. This is acute for racial/ethnic minorities compared with the Non-Hispanic white population. A grounded theory approach was used to analyze semistructured qualitative interviews to identify perceptions of family-of-origin lifestyle choices in same-race and interracial couples. Several central themes emerged from the data including influence of family-of-origin eating patterns, lack of family-of-origin importance for physical activity, and romantic partner influence in eating and exercise. Findings provide evidence for the socialization of family of origin on lifestyle choices into adulthood and also suggest promising changes due to romantic partner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-158
Number of pages13
JournalFamily and Community Health
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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Exercise
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Keywords

  • exercise
  • family
  • food
  • lifestyle choices
  • romantic couples

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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