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ERIC Number: EJ847346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
Self-Efficacy for Coping with Barriers Helps Students Stay Physically Active during Transition to Their First Year at a University
Bray, Steven R.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v78 n2 p61-70 Mar 2007
The present study examined undergraduate students' physical activity during transition from high school to first-year university. Students' (N = 127) self-efficacy for coping with barriers to physical activity was investigated both as a predictor of physical activity and mediator of the relationship between pretransition and first-year physical activity. Physical activity was found to track moderately from pretransition to first year (r [subscript s] = 0.58). Self-efficacy for coping with barriers predicted physical activity (R [superscript 2] [subscript adjusted] = 0.18, p less than 0.05) and partially mediated the relationship between pretransition and first-year physical activity. Results support an interpretation that future intervention efforts could target first-year students' self-efficacy for coping with barriers to help curb the decline in physical activity that occurs during the transition to university life. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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