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An investigation of the relationship of self-determination to exercise behavior in Icelandic women


1995 1995

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Abstract (summary)

This study examines the nature of self-determination in exercise behavior (SDIEB) and its relationship to women's engagement in physical exercise. In an exploratory phase, a 34-item SDIEB instrument was developed based on notions of perceived self-determination as consisting of perceptions of rewards, as well as perceptions of freedom from constraints. The instrument is shown to have acceptable psychometric properties. Based on data from a mail survey of 329 randomly selected Icelandic women, age 25-64, living in the Reykjavik area, the main study factor analyses the SDIEB instrument, supporting a tripartide structure of self-determination in exercise, consisting of internal rewards, internal constraints and external constraints. The study finds that all three dimensions of self-determination are unevenly distributed by age, education, employment, and parental status. Furthermore, all dimensions of self-determination are related to the frequency of strenuous exercise (in general) as well as the likelihood of regular engagement in strenuous exercise, even after controlling for sociodemographic background. The theoretical implications of the results and their significance for nursing practice are discussed.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Nursing;
Behavioral sciences;
Personality;
Psychological tests;
Exercise
Classification
0569: Nursing
0384: Behaviorial sciences
0625: Personality
0632: Psychological tests
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Psychology; self-efficacy
Title
An investigation of the relationship of self-determination to exercise behavior in Icelandic women
Author
Marteinsdottir, Gudrun
Number of pages
86
Publication year
1995
Degree date
1995
School code
0186
Source
DAI-B 58/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780591552171, 0591552175
Advisor
Fortin, Jaqueline D.
University/institution
University of Rhode Island
University location
United States -- Rhode Island
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9805245
ProQuest document ID
304217272
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304217272
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