Exploring the relationship between physical activity knowledge, health outcomes expectancies, and behavior

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dc.contributor.author Heinrich, Katie M.
dc.contributor.author Maddock, Jay E.
dc.contributor.author Bauman, Adrian
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-26T18:50:06Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-26T18:50:06Z
dc.date.issued 2012-10-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/14879
dc.description.abstract Background: Despite clear health benefits of physical activity, previous research has been limited in linking knowledge of physical activity recommendations to actual behavior. Methods: Using Expectancy Theory, we examined whether an individual’s health outcome expectancies from physical activity might provide the missing link between knowledge and behavior. With data from a cross-sectional survey, we assessed differences between how much moderate physical activity people thought they needed for health benefits compared with what they thought experts recommended and the relationship of these differences to physical activity behaviors. Results: Our hypothesis that people with positive health outcome expectancies would report more minutes of physical activity than those with neutral or negative health outcome expectancies was supported for all self-reported physical activity behaviors (P < .001). Conclusions: It appears that the health outcome expectancy of needing more physical activity than recommended by experts is correlated with achieving more physical activity, regardless of type. Future research should address health outcome expectancies as a way to impact physical activity. en_US
dc.relation.uri http://journals.humankinetics.com/jpah-back-issues/jpah-volume-8-issue-3-march/exploring-the-relationship-between-physical-activity-knowledge-health-outcomes-expectancies-and-behavior en_US
dc.subject Walking en_US
dc.subject Survey en_US
dc.subject Adults en_US
dc.subject Moderate en_US
dc.subject Vigorous en_US
dc.title Exploring the relationship between physical activity knowledge, health outcomes expectancies, and behavior en_US
dc.type Article (publisher version) en_US
dc.date.published 2011 en_US
dc.citation.epage 409 en_US
dc.citation.issue 3 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Journal of Physical Activity and Health en_US
dc.citation.spage 404 en_US
dc.citation.volume 8 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid kmhphd en_US

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