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Aerobic exercise in adolescence : self-efficacy and stage of change

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Show simple item record Lawler, Sharon. en_US 2009-07-09T17:30:56Z 2009-07-09T17:30:56Z 1998-07-09T17:30:56Z
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this cross-sectional exploratory study was to examine the relationships among self-efficacy, stage of change, and exercise behaviour in a sample of younger (Grade 9) and older (Grade 12) adolescents. A secondary objective of this study was to apply the transtheoretical model of Stage of Change, as a measure of intention to change, in order to discover the applicability of the model to an adolescent cohort in relation to exercise behaviour. This five-stage model is a self-report measure of an individual's readiness to adopt a new behaviour (e.g., regular exercise). The transtheoretical model incorporates Bandura's self-efficacy factor, which is purported to be a predictive measure of exercise behaviour and a covariant of stage. Exercise behaviour was measured with the Physical Activity Scale, and the University of Rhode Island Change Assessment Scale (URleA) was used to measure the stage of change and self-efficacy variables. The results of this study indicated significant differences between younger and older adolescents, and between males and females in their exercise behaviour. No significant differences were found for grade and gender on stage of change as measured by either a single-item question or a continuous measure of stage. Although grade and gender subgroups were not significantly different in their self-efficacy, significant interaction was found in the grade*gender variable. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Aerobic exercises. en_US
dc.subject Exercise for youth. en_US
dc.subject Self-efficacy. en_US
dc.title Aerobic exercise in adolescence : self-efficacy and stage of change en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US Master of Education en_US Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education en_US Faculty of Education en_US

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