2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

The Effect of Ethnic Identity Among Perceived Exercise Behavior and Various Exercise Associated Psychological Factors
Brynn` E. Weimer* and Rose A. Buza
Dr. Christopher D. Lantz and Dr. Debbie J. Rhea (Texas Christian University), Faculty Mentors

This study predicted the effect ethnic identity has on perceived exercise behavior, social physique anxiety, self-presentation protection, and physical self-efficacy among college students of different racial backgrounds. A secondary purpose was to determine if ethnic identity differed as a result of race. Undergraduate students from three medium sized Midwestern universities completed the Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure, Self-Presentation in Exercise Questionnaire, Social Physique Anxiety Scale, Physical Self-Efficacy Scale, and a Minnesota Heart Health Program Physical Activity Questionnaire. A multiple regression with ethnic identity as the independent variable revealed significant differences for all constructs measured. These findings show that increases in ethnic identity are associated with decreases in perceived exercise behavior and social physique anxiety, and increases in perceived physical ability and self-presentational confidence. A one-way ANOVA showed that Black college students identified more closely with their ethnic group than did White, Hispanic, or Asian college students.

Keywords: race, exercise, ethnic identity, physique anxiety

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 31-3
Location: VH 1408
Time: 2:45

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