Self-Esteem and Perceived Barriers to and Benefits of Exercise Among Physically Active and Non-Physically Active College Students
Date of Award
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Sue W. Young
Angela C. Martin
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Special Collections LD4331.N8B66
The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine differences in self-esteem, perceived benefits of and perceived barriers to exercise between exercisers and non-exercisers and to determine if relationships existed between self-esteem, perceived benefits of exercise and perceived barriers to exercise, that could explain participation in regular aerobic exercise. A sample of 105 university students completed four questionnaires. The level of social desirability present in participant responses was also measured. Five hypotheses were tested. Utilizing t-tests, a significant difference was found between exercisers and non-exercisers on self-esteem, perceived benefits of exercise, and perceived barriers to exercise. The three variables (self-esteem, perceived benefits of and perceived barriers to exercise) successfully accounted for 30% of the variation in group membership as an exerciser or non-exerciser utilizing multiple regression. Social desirability was found to be different between exercisers and non-exercisers and a relationship between social desirability and self-esteem scores was present. The findings relating social desirability and self-esteem are concurrent with the literature.
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Bonheur, Barbara B..
"Self-Esteem and Perceived Barriers to and Benefits of Exercise Among Physically Active and Non-Physically Active College Students"
(1989). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Thesis, Nursing, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/vcr1-r911