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Motivational Interviewing for Physical Activity


About the study

The goal of this behavioral research study is to learn why some African American (AA) women choose not to exercise often and to learn if teaching African American women how to support the exercise habits of a partner will increase their physical activity and help them to stay more active over time. The primary goal of the proposed intervention is: Aim 1: To conduct formative research using semi-structured in-depth interviews and focus groups with sedentary AA women to investigate the role and importance of social support for PA; Aim 2: To determine the feasibility of recruiting and implementing "Culturally Appropriate Physical Activity Motivational Interviewing" (CAPMI) intervention in sedentary AA women; Aim 3: To pilot test and evaluate the efficacy of the CAPMI in increasing PA, social support, self-efficacy and reducing barriers to Physical Activity (PA) at post-intervention compared to an attention control group.

Who can take part

You may be eligible to participate in the study if you meet the following criteria:


Inclusion Criteria:

  1. African American (AA) woman (self-defined by participant) ages 18-65 years
  2. Currently sedentary, defined as self-reported PA <3 days/week for <20 minutes/day over the past 6 months
  3. Be ready and physically able to start being physically active, i.e., in preparation stage of change.
  4. Have a home address where information can be mailed and working telephone.
  5. Able to read English at a sixth-grade level as assessed by the Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM)
  6. Identify a sedentary AA female (i.e., non-intimate family member or friend) with whom they can enroll in the study
  7. Both partners are required to meet the same eligibility requirements and both partners will be enrolled as participants. Each woman will complete the same consent form.
  8. Be available to participate in weekend trainings


Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Currently taking medication for blood pressure or heart condition, or other physical limitations that might be aggravated by participation in moderate-intensity PA as measured using the PA Readiness Questionnaire
  2. Pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant during the study period
  3. Thinking about moving to a location outside the greater Houston area during the study period
  4. Being unable to attend the CAPMI training sessions with their partner
  5. Participated in Phase I focus group/interviews
  6. Being a male

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How to Apply

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Study’s details



Age (in years)

18 - 65


Not Applicable

Participants needed


Est. Completion Date

Jul 31, 2023

Treatment type



M.D. Anderson Cancer Center identifier


Study number


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