Grantee Research

Crime, Fear Keep Latino Children from Seeking Physical Activity

Dr. Monika Stodolska, University of Illinois

“Crime, Physical Activity and Outdoor Recreation Among Latino Adolescents”

This Salud America! pilot research study aims to provide more information on the relationship between crime and physical activity among Latino youths. The study aims to inform policymakers and practitioners as they devise culturally-appropriate, practical approaches to increase physical activity among Latino youths, and thus help reduce obesity. The study is evaluating physical activity and outdoor recreation among Latino youths ages 11-14 in grades 6-8, and ages 15-18 in grades 9-12. The study is assessing their behavior in three environments: school yards and grounds; community parks; and neighborhood streets, sidewalks, alleys and yards in Chicago’s Little Village, also known as South Lawndale. Many factors that may moderate the effects of crime are being examined, including gender and to what extent the youths have adopted U.S. cultural practices.

Research Category: Latino Communities