Learning Objective 1: understand current health and lifestyle physical activity in self-employed Korean immigrant married couples working at cleaners.
Learning Objective 2: learn about the lifestyle physical activity measures (objective and self-report).
Methods: The design was a cross-sectional, descriptive, face-to-face interview survey. The participants were recruited from the membership list of Korean American Drycleaners Association of Greater Chicago (KADAC) and social networking. Measures included: current health (depressive symptoms [CES-D], self-reported health status [BRFSS]), acculturation (VIA), modified Sallis social support received and provided for physical activity, McAuley’s confidence in overcoming barriers to physical activity, and physical activity (pedometer [steps for seven day], self-report CHAMPS).
Results: Data are available on 32 couples with a mean age of 57.5 for husbands and 53.7 for women. They work on average 64 hours/week. Depressive symptoms (13.2 vs 9.1) and percent with self-reported health poor/fair health (62.5% versus 21.9%) were higher for wives than husbands. Both had high Korean and low American acculturation. Although average daily pedometer steps were slightly higher for husbands than wives (8792 vs. 7999), wives reported less time spent in leisure activities such as walking and golf. Conclusion: Attention needs to be given to the discrepancy between Korean husband’s and wives health and the limited opportunity for leisure time pursuits in self-employed Korean couples.
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