2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Self-Efficacy, Social Support and Exercise Stage of Change As Predictors of Self-Reported Physical Activity In A Population of Undergraduate Students
Lindsey M. Heiserman* and Tara Lawson
Dr. Jennifer R. Hurst, Faculty Mentor

This study investigated the influence of individuals’ stage of change for physical activity, social support from friends and family, and self-efficacy on self-reported physical activity level. A random sample of 551 male and female undergraduate students was obtained for this study. For males, the regression equation accounted for 29.7% of the total variance in physical activity scores. Significant predictors included: stage of change (β = .273, p<.001), total self-efficacy (β = .227, p<.001), and friend social support (β = .205, p<.001). For females 40% of the total variance in physical activity scores was accounted for by the regression equation. Stage of change was the strongest predictor (β = .308, p<.001), followed by self-efficacy (β = .251, p<.001), social support from family (β = .183, p<.001) and social support from friends (β = .109, p<.001).

Keywords: Self-efficacy, Social Support, Stage of Change, Physical Activity

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 20-3
Location: VH 1000
Time: 10:15

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