THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOCIAL PHYSIQUE ANXIETY AND STAGE OF EXERCISE BEHAVIOR CHANGE
Abstract (Summary)The purpose of this study was to determine if a relationship existed between the social physique anxiety scale (SPAS) and stage of exercise behavior change (SEBC) among 18-22 year-old students at the University of Cincinnati. Participation in the study was voluntary and anonymous. Pearson Correlation analysis showed a significant inverse relationship between the SPAS and SEBC (r= -.182, p= .001). Also, significant differences existed between the social physique anxiety scores of males and females (t (329)= -6.008, p< .001), as well as between African American participants and Caucasian, Hispanic, and Asian American students (F(4, 330)= 4.42, p= .002). The researcher also examined each stage of change related to exercise behavior and found that a significant difference existed between the SPA scores of individuals in the maintenance phase and those in the preparation and action phases (F (4, 330)= 8.025, p= .002).
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:01/01/2004