Predicting exercise after university: an application of the reasoned action approach across a significant life transition

JONES, Gareth and NORMAN, Paul (2021). Predicting exercise after university: an application of the reasoned action approach across a significant life transition. Psychology, Health & Medicine.

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    Abstract

    The present study applied an extended version of the reasoned action approach (RAA) to explain students’ post-university exercise intentions and behaviour. Students (N = 136) completed measures of RAA variables, past behaviour, habit strength and self-identity before leaving university, and exercise behaviour six months later (n = 84). The RAA explained 67% of the variance in exercise intentions (experiential attitude, instrumental attitude and autonomy were significant predictors), and 20% of the variance in behaviour (experiential attitude and intention were significant predictors). Past behaviour explained additional variance in exercise intentions and behaviour, but its effects were mediated by self-identity. The RAA provides a useful framework for understanding students’ exercise intentions and behaviour as they transition out of university. Self-identity may be particularly important for maintaining exercise levels across significant life transitions.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Public Health; 1503 Business and Management; 1701 Psychology
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2021.1890160
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2021 12:37
    Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 14:32
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28217

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