The identification of salient beliefs concerning university students’ decision to participate in sport

ST QUINTON, Tom and BRUNTON, Julie (2018). The identification of salient beliefs concerning university students’ decision to participate in sport. Recreational Sports Journal, 42 (1), 48-63.

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The aim of this study was to identify salient beliefs toward university-provided recreational sport in first-year undergraduate students. A purposive sample of 76 students (36 males, 40 females; mean age: 19.2 ± 1.7 years) undertaking various degree subjects at a higher education institution in the North of England, United Kingdom, was used in the study. The instrument was a theory-based open-ended questionnaire informed by the Theory of Planned Behavior, addressing behavioral, normative, and control beliefs. Thematic content analysis and coding was conducted on 30 randomly selected questionnaires followed by a frequency count to identify the modal salient beliefs. The modal set revealed 17 beliefs from a possible 53: six behavioral, five normative, and six control. These beliefs were related to health benefits, enjoyment, friendships, time constraints, study workloads, awareness, and the perception of family, friends, and academics. The results highlight the factors that should be targeted for intervention and provide data to be utilized for a second main quantitative study which will identify more specific belief targets. Due to equivocal intervention success, this formative research can serve to help increase the number of students participating in university recreational sport

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Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Health and Well-being > Department of Sport
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Page Range: 48-63
Depositing User: Beatrice Turpin
Date Deposited: 02 May 2018 11:45
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 06:45

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