A model testing factors that influence physical activity for Taiwanese adults with anxiety

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  • Wei-Fen Ma,

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    1. School of Nursing and Nursing Department, China Medical University and Hospital, 91, Hsueh-Shih Road, Taichung 40402, Taiwan
    • School of Nursing and Nursing Department, China Medical University and Hospital, 91, Hsueh-Shih Road, Taichung 40402, Taiwan
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    • Assistant Professor.

  • Hsien-Yuan Lane,

    1. Department of Psychiatry and Institute of Clinical Medical Science, China Medical University and Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan
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    • Professor.

  • Shirley C. Laffrey

    1. School of Nursing, University of Texas at Austin, TX
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    • Associated Professor (Retired).


  • We wish to acknowledge Dr. Gayle M. Timmerman and Dr. Bonnie Rickelman for their help in developing the study design and Dr. Kristopher L. Arheart, the statistician, for helping data analysis.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to test a theoretical model of the facilitators and barriers to physical activity for Taiwanese adults with anxiety. Structural equation modeling was used to examine both one-way direct and indirect influences of 11 personal and cognitive-emotional factors on physical activity in this population (N = 239). The final version of the model provided a good fit to the data, with nine variables explaining 23.3% of the variance in physical activity. Perceived life stress events, perceived benefits of activity, and perceived self-efficacy for activity directly influenced physical activity. The results suggest that these variables should be addressed in designing treatment physical activity programs for Taiwanese individuals with anxiety. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 31:476–489, 2008

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