ERIC Number: EJ1126929
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Behavioral Regulations and Dispositional Flow in Exercise among American College Students Relative to Stages of Change and Gender
Ersöz, Gözde; Eklund, Robert C.
Journal of American College Health, v65 n2 p94-102 2017
Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine behavioral regulations and dispositional flow in exercise among university students in terms of gender and stage of change. Participants: Data were collected from American college students (N = 257; M[subscript age] ± SD = 23.02 ± 4.05) in Spring 2013. Methods: Behavioral regulations and dispositional flow in exercise were assessed, along with stage of change. Results: Exercisers in the maintenance stage of change displayed significantly more self-determined motivation to exercise and a greater tendency to experience flow than those in preparation and action stages. Significant correlations were observed among behavioral regulations and flow state. Nonsignificant differences were observed for gender on behavioral regulations and dispositional flow in exercise. Conclusions: The results suggest that promotion of self-determined motivation and dispositional flow in exercisers may improve the quality of their experiences, as well as to foster their exercise behavior.
Descriptors: College Students, Self Determination, Exercise, Correlation, Statistical Analysis, Physical Activities, Physical Fitness, Multivariate Analysis, Questionnaires, Motivation, Gender Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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