Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Exercise to support indigenous pregnant women to stop smoking: acceptability to Maori
Author(s): Roberts, Vaughan
Glover, Marewa
McCowan, Lesley
Walker, Natalie
Ussher, Michael
Heke, Ihirangi
Maddison, Ralph
Contact Email:
Keywords: Smoking
smoking cessation
physical activity
qualitative research
Issue Date: Nov-2017
Citation: Roberts V, Glover M, McCowan L, Walker N, Ussher M, Heke I & Maddison R (2017) Exercise to support indigenous pregnant women to stop smoking: acceptability to Maori. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 21 (11), pp. 2040-2051.
Abstract: Objectives: Smoking during pregnancy is harmful for the woman and the unborn child, and the harms raise risks for the child going forward. Indigenous women often have higher rates of smoking prevalence than non-indigenous. Exercise has been proposed as a strategy to help pregnant smokers to quit. Māori (New Zealand Indigenous) women have high rates of physical activity suggesting that an exercise programme to aid quitting could be an attractive initiative. This study explored attitudes towards an exercise programme to aid smoking cessation for Māori pregnant women.  Methods: Focus groups with Māori pregnant women, and key stakeholder interviews were conducted.  Results: Overall, participants were supportive of the idea of a physical activity programme for pregnant Māori smokers to aid smoking cessation. The principal, over-arching finding, consistent across all participants, was the critical need for a Kaupapa Māori approach (designed and run by Māori, for Māori people) for successful programme delivery, whereby Māori cultural values are respected and infused throughout all aspects of the programme. A number of practical and environmental barriers to attendance were raised including: cost, the timing of the programme, accessibility, transport, and childcare considerations.  Conclusions: A feasibility study is needed to design an intervention following the suggestions presented in this paper with effort given to minimising the negative impact of barriers to attendance.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s10995-017-2303-2
Rights: The publisher does not allow this work to be made publicly available in this Repository. Please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study.

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Roberts et al.pdfFulltext - Published Version691.74 kBAdobe PDFUnder Embargo until 2999-12-13    Request a copy

Note: If any of the files in this item are currently embargoed, you can request a copy directly from the author by clicking the padlock icon above. However, this facility is dependent on the depositor still being contactable at their original email address.

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.