Physical Activity as a Buffer for Anxiety Symptoms in Rural African American Adolescent Females
Cunningham M*, Hucke JK and Lee XW
Department of Psychology, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA
- Corresponding Author:
- Cunningham M
Professor, Department of Psychology
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: October 06, 2015; Accepted Date: July 29, 2016; Published Date: August 08, 2016
Citation: Cunningham M, Hucke JK, Lee XW (2016) Physical Activity as a Buffer for Anxiety Symptoms in Rural African American Adolescent Females. J Women's Health Care 5:326. doi:10.4172/2167-0420.1000326
Copyright: © 2016 Cunningham M et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The study examines how physical activity buffers the development of anxiety symptoms in response to racerelated stress and negative youth experiences. The participants are 72 adolescent females from an understudied population of rural African American students residing in South Central Louisiana. Recent literature suggests that physical fitness increases one’s ability to cope with psychological stress and may prevent or combat anxiety disorders. However, American adolescents are becoming less physically active, particularly African American females. Previous literature shows that adolescent females report higher levels of mental health challenges than their male counterparts. The results indicate that physical activity is an effective buffer against increased anxiety symptomology. In addition, the results present this population as resilient rather than “at risk” for developing vulnerability to mental health challenges.