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En-gendering choice: preferences for exercising in gender-segregated and gender-integrated groups and consideration of overweight status.
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PMID:  20972657     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: Understanding the contextual preferences that people have for engaging in a health-enhancing physical activity has been identified as particularly important, as these preferences have been implicated in the maintenance of active lifestyle behaviors.
PURPOSE: The primary purpose of this study was to examine adults' preferences for exercising in both gender-segregated and gender-integrated physical activity groups. The secondary purpose was to examine whether overweight status moderates adults' preferences for gender-segregated groups relative to gender-integrated groups.
METHOD: Survey data were obtained from a representative sample of 772 adults (N (males) = 407; N (females) = 365) in a large city in the United Kingdom.
RESULTS: Males and females reported a stronger preference for exercising with members of their own gender relative to exercising in gender-integrated groups. In addition, overweight participants were found to report an accentuated relative preference for gender-segregated groups when compared to normal weight respondents.
CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that both within-group gender composition and overweight status should be considered as salient contextual factors when attempting to implement successful group-based exercise programs.
Authors:
William L Dunlop; Mark R Beauchamp
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of behavioral medicine     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1532-7558     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Behav Med     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-07-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9421097     Medline TA:  Int J Behav Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  216-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6T 1Z1, wdunlop@psych.ubc.ca.
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