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Tytuł: Frequency of exercise among undergraduate students on the basis of the model of stages and processes of change

Autor:
Evangelos Bebetsos, Athanasios Papaioannou
Język:
EN
Czasopismo:
Studies in Physical Culture and Tourism
Rok:
2012
Tom:
19
Numer:
2
Strona początkowa:
94
Strona końcowa:
98
ISSN:
0867-1079
Słowa kluczowe:
cognitive-behaviouristic models, cognitive/empirical, behavioural/environmental
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Introduction. The study was based on the model of stages of change, according to which people are classified into five stages: preconteplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance, depending on the strategies/procedures they adopt towards exercise. Aim of the study. The aim of this study was a preliminary investigation of the validity of this questionnaire modified for the Greek population. Material and Methods. The sample consisted of 668 university Physical Education undergraduates. The instrument that was used was the Processes of Behavior Change Questionnaire. Results. The results of the exploratory factor analysis supported the factorial validity of the questionnaire. In all the processes of change statistically significant differences were found between individuals who exercised with a different frequency. As the results showed, in all cases, students who scored high in the processes of change, exercised more frequently, and students who scored low exercised more seldom (personal reevaluation, social liberation, stimulus control and consciousness raising). Conclusions. The results are supportive not only of the validity of the questionnaire, but also of the implication of the model of enhancement of exercise and physical activity in Greece.