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Title:Fitness and fitting in: an exploratory study of gender and exercise
Author(s):Herrmann, Lynn
Director of Research:Alston, Reginald J.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Harvey, Idethia S.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Alston, Reginald J.; Graber, Kim C.; Notaro, Stephen J.
Department / Program:Kinesiology & Community Health
Discipline:Community Health
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):gender
exercise
fitness
group exercise
Theory of Planned Behavior
undergraduate students
graduate students
Abstract:The purpose of the present study was to explore how gender and exercise related to each other using the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) as a framework. Using a multi-method design, female (N = 308) and male (N = 131) undergraduate and graduate students at a large Midwestern university completed a validated TPB and exercise survey. Interested undergraduate and graduate students then participated in focus groups with questions relating to the TPB constructs. Results included that the TPB constructs of subjective norms and perceived control were significantly different within females and within males for exercise and group exercise as well as between females and males for exercise and group exercise. The construct of attitude was not significantly different for females or males. It can be concluded from the present study that gender, in terms of subjective norms and perceived control, related to exercise preference and actual behavior.
Issue Date:2012-09-18
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/34301
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Lynn Katherine Herrmann
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-09-18
Date Deposited:2012-08


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