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ERIC Number: EJ942547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-8756-5943
Physical Activity Patterns and Self-Efficacy of Selected College Students
Hutchins, Matt; Drolet, Judy C.; Ogletree, Roberta J.
Health Educator, v42 n2 p84-88 Fall 2010
Much attention has been given to the fact that Americans are becoming less active. This study was designed to examine the levels of exercise-specific self-efficacy and physical activity rates in a selected group of college students. Students were recruited as they entered a fitness facility. Participation consisted of completing a survey that measured exercise self-efficacy and physical activity behavior over the two-week span prior to participation. Age, sex, race, and year in school also were recorded. Exercise self-efficacy was calculated on a 0-20 scale. Mean self-efficacy scores for the group were 14.18 plus or minus 3.50. Physical activity was measured in number of days participants reported being moderately to vigorously physically active in the two weeks prior to their participation. Mean physical activity scores for the group were 7.81 plus or minus 3.15, and mean length of a typical physical activity session was 52.23 plus or minus 25.99 minutes. Correlation analysis revealed positive moderate correlations between self-efficacy and physical activity (r = 0.462). Males scored significantly higher on all measures. A future research goal is to compare self-reported physical activity rates to objectively measured physical activity rates. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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