Mobile technology usage mediates gender differences in physical activity

WHITEHEAD, A.E., UMEH, K., QUAYLE, L. and MORLEY, David (2017). Mobile technology usage mediates gender differences in physical activity. International Journal of Sport Psychology. (In Press)

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Abstract

Gender differences in how technology is used to facilitate physical activity engagement was examined. 578 adults completed a survey assessing gender, mobile device usage, stages of change in physical activity based on the transtheoretical model of behaviour change (TTM) and relevant covariates. Data analysis revealed that both cumulative device types and cumulative reasons for using devices mediated gender differences in stage membership for physical activity. Females used fewer devices and reported fewer reasons for using such devices than male participants. These dispositions predicted a reduced probability of achieving action/maintenance stages for physical activity. Females used fewer mobile devices and perceived fewer incentives for using such devices. As a result they are less likely to enter the action/maintenance stages of physical activity. Interventions to promote female participation in physical activity need to recognise gender differences in the use of mobile technology.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
Departments: Health and Well-being > Sport
Depositing User: Amanda Keeling
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 10:17
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 13:57
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15206

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