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THE ROLE OF SELF-EFFICACY AND THE STAGES OF BEHAVIOR CHANGE AS RELATED TO PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LEVELS OF SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER PARTICIPANTS

by DIETRICH, REBECCA KATHLEEN

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The purpose of this study was to determine the role of self-efficacy and the stages of behavior change as related to physical activity levels of adults that attend senior centers. The participants for this study were 358 adults that attended eleven selected senior centers located in Hamilton County, Ohio. The ANOVA test results showed that physical activity self-efficacy scores significantly differed at the various stages of change in adults that attend senior centers in overall self-efficacy and the three self-efficacy sub-scales. Overall self-efficacy showed significant differences between the maintenance and the precontemplation, contemplation, and preparation stages. Of the three self-efficacy sub-scales analyzed, the self assessment sub-scale was the strongest for predicting overall self-efficacy at the various levels of stages of change. A Pearson correlation coefficient showed that there was a significant positive relationship between physical activity cumulative self-efficacy scores and stage of change in adults that attend senior centers.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:physical activity seniors health education stages of change self efficacy

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Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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