2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Attitude and Behavior Link
Sara B. Detweiler* and Kim D. Tipton
Ms. Evonne C. Bird, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to determine if a relationship exists linking attitude to behavior in college students by analyzing students' opinions and actions regarding health and exercise. Participants (n=159) completed a questionnaire that consisted of 56 questions about their current health attitudes and behaviors. An overall attitude score was computed based on a comparison of participant health factor choices versus expert choices. 11 Health and Exercise Science professors at Truman State University served as experts for the comparisons. An overall behavior score was computed based on answers to ten YES or NO questions on the questionnaire. Pearson correlation tests were used to compare Attitude and Behavior scores for each participant. No significant correlations were found linking attitude to behavior at a significance level of .05. Our research suggests that a correlation does not exist between health attitudes and behaviors of college students

Keywords: attitude, behavior, link, health, exercise, habits

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 37-3
Location: OP 2121
Time: 1:45 pm

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