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ERIC Number: EJ868237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1529-1944
Exercise Self-Efficacy and Perceived Wellness among College Students in a Basic Studies Course
Sidman, Cara L.; D'Abundo, Michelle Lee; Hritz, Nancy
International Electronic Journal of Health Education, v12 p162-174 2009
University basic studies courses provide a valuable opportunity for facilitating the knowledge, skills, and beliefs that develop healthy behaviors to last a lifetime. Belief in one's ability to participate in physical activity, exercise self-efficacy, is a psychological construct that has had a documented impact on physical activity. Although previous research has investigated self-efficacy, physical activity, and wellness in various contexts, this study has specifically focused on exercise self-efficacy and perceived wellness in a college population. The purpose of the study was to determine the relationship between exercise self-efficacy and perceived wellness in a sample of college students enrolled in a basic studies physical activity and wellness course. After surveying 611 students, the results indicated that total exercise self-efficacy significantly predicted perceived wellness and the wellness subscales of physical, spiritual, intellectual, psychological, and emotional dimensions (p less than 0.05). However, exercise self-efficacy did not significantly predict social wellness. These findings are of particular relevance because a predictive relationship between exercise self-efficacy and perceived wellness is in need of examination. This study indicated that development of exercise self-efficacy through strategically-planned curricula and educational programs may be an effective way to improve wellness among college students. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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