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Psychological determinants of adolescent exercise adherence.
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PMID:  7832035     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to identify some psychological determinants of exercise adherence on which public school physical education programs may have an impact. Data were collected twice, once representing a structured physical education classroom setting (N = 132), and later representing an unstructured summer vacation exercise setting (N = 110). Male and female physical education students at a large suburban high school completed five questionnaires which represented four psychological variables (self-motivation, perceived control, personality/sport congruence, and perceived self-competency), and one physical activity variable (exercise adherence) in both of the two data-collection periods. The results indicated that Perceived Romantic Appeal was predictive of male exercise adherence while Perceived Athletic Competency, Perceived Global Self-Worth, and Perceived Physical Appearance were predictive of female exercise adherence. None of the psychological predictor variables was significant for competitive subjects in either exercise setting, yet Perceived Romantic Appeal and Personality/Sport Congruence were predictive of noncompetitive subjects' exercise adherence in the structured and unstructured settings, respectively.
V L Douthitt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Adolescence     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0001-8449     ISO Abbreviation:  Adolescence     Publication Date:  1994  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-02-23     Completed Date:  1995-02-23     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0123667     Medline TA:  Adolescence     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  711-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Denver Learning Effectiveness Program, Colorado 80208.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise / psychology*
Gender Identity
Internal-External Control
Personality Development*
Personality Inventory
Physical Education and Training
Physical Fitness / psychology

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