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ERIC Number: EJ825186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1087-3244
Race and Sex Differences in College Student Physical Activity Correlates
McArthur, Laura H.; Raedeke, Thomas D.
American Journal of Health Behavior, v33 n1 p80-90 Jan-Feb 2009
Objectives: To assess sex/race differences on psychosocial correlates of physical activity among college students. Methods: Survey research protocol. Results: Students (n = 636) exercised an average of 3.5 days per week, with black females being the least active. Across subgroups, health/fitness was rated as the most important motive for exercise, followed by appearance and mental health. Of the correlates, enjoyment and the use of self-management strategies were most strongly associated with activity level. Only 40% were aware that adults should accumulate 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days (i.e., 5) of the week for health benefits. Conclusions: Findings highlight the importance of teaching self-management skills and fostering exercise enjoyment in health promotion programs for college students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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