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Title:Body image and its influence on physical activity participation among women ages 45 to 64
Author(s):Skowron, Maja A.
Director of Research:Shinew, Kimberly J.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Shinew, Kimberly J.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Stodolska, Monika; Sydnor, Synthia; Janke, Megan C.
Department / Program:Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Discipline:Recreation, Sport, and Tourism
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Body image
Physical activity
Middle-aged women
Abstract:The current study was designed to investigate the role of body image on physical activity levels for women. Self-determination theory, social comparison theory, and constraints theory were utilized as the frameworks of this study. Eighteen in-depth, semi-structured interviews with White women ages 45 to 64 who were already exercising were conducted. Results showed that body image could serve as a motivation, a constraint, or both for physically active women. Social comparison with peers was the most important factor influencing body image. Women identified their physical activity levels, types of activities, and motivators and constraints impacting physically active leisure. Moreover, the self-definition of physical activity was discussed.
Issue Date:2010-08-31
Rights Information:Copyright 2010 Maja Anna Skowron
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-08-31
Date Deposited:2010-08

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