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Individual and Environmental Factors Related to Stage of Change in Exercise Behavior: A Cross-Sectional Study of Female Japanese Undergraduate Students.
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PMID:  23249761     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: The purpose of the present study was to examine the association between the level of exercise behavior and individual and environmental factors related to exercise behavior among female Japanese undergraduate students. METHODS: The participants were 2,482 female Japanese undergraduate students. Participants' level of exercise behavior was measured by the stage of change to exercise in the transtheoretical model. Individual and environmental factors related to exercise behavior were assessed using body mass index, self-efficacy, social support, perceived positive and negative aspects of exercise, perceived neighborhood environment, attitude towards physical education lessons in childhood and puberty, and depression. RESULTS: Scores for self-efficacy, social support, positive aspects of exercise, and perceived neighborhood environment were significantly higher among women who were more active compared to those who were inactive. On the other hand, scores for negative aspects of exercise and depression were greater among inactive women compared to those who were insufficiently active and/or active. In addition, past attitude toward exercise in primary school, junior high school, and high school was associated with current level of exercise behavior. CONCLUSIONS: This cross-sectional study confirmed that psychosocial and environmental factors were closely associated with level of exercise behavior among female Japanese undergraduate students.
Akitomo Yasunaga; Yukari Kawano; Yumiko Kamahori; Kyoko Noguchi
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of physical activity & health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1543-5474     ISO Abbreviation:  J Phys Act Health     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101189457     Medline TA:  J Phys Act Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Bunka Gakuen University, Kodaira-shi, Tokyo, Japan.
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