This research was supported in part by a Research and Creativity Grant from McDaniel College.
Predictors of Obligatory Exercise Among Undergraduates: Differential Implications for Counseling College Men and Women
Article first published online: 3 JUL 2013
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Journal of College Counseling
Volume 16, Issue 2, pages 102–114, July 2013
How to Cite
Chalk, H. M., Miller, S. E., Roach, M. E. and Schultheis, K. S. (2013), Predictors of Obligatory Exercise Among Undergraduates: Differential Implications for Counseling College Men and Women. Jnl of College Counseling, 16: 102–114. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1882.2013.00030.x
- Issue published online: 3 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 3 JUL 2013
- Received 08/31/10; Revised 02/24/11; Accepted 05/19/11
- obligatory exercise;
- body image;
- perceived pressure
This study examined predictors of obligatory exercise in college undergraduates (N= 172). Regression models indicated that internalization of Western attitudes toward appearance predicted exercise fixation and commitment in women, whereas perceived pressure from dating partners predicted exercise commitment in men. Findings suggest that men may respond more to peer pressure, whereas women may be more susceptible to internalized sociocultural pressure. Implications for differential assessment and treatment of college men and women are discussed.