Correlates of physical activity in low income college students †
Article first published online: 23 SEP 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 32, Issue 6, pages 634–646, December 2009
How to Cite
Maglione, J. L. and Hayman, L. L. (2009), Correlates of physical activity in low income college students . Res. Nurs. Health, 32: 634–646. doi: 10.1002/nur.20353
The first author gratefully acknowledges the members of her dissertation committee at NYU, Dr. Danuta Clemmens, and Dr. Wendy C. Budin; and Dr. Sarah Abramowitz at Drew University for their support and guidance.
- Issue published online: 11 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 23 SEP 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 AUG 2009
- physical activity;
- psychosocial correlates;
- social support;
- commitment to a plan
The importance of physical activity as a health promoting behavior has been well documented. We examined the relationship of social support, self-efficacy, and commitment to a plan of physical activity on physical activity behaviors in a sample of low income college students. Those with higher levels of social support, self-efficacy, and commitment to a plan of physical activity reported more physical activity behaviors. Commitment to a plan of physical activity mediated the relationships of social support and physical activity behavior, and of self-efficacy and physical activity behavior. The results support the importance of exploring the psychosocial correlates of physical activity in explaining the decision process that underlies physical activity behavior. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 32:634–646, 2009