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Midlife women's physical activity goals: Sociocultural influences and effects on behavioral regulation

Archived Abstract of Former PSC Researcher

Segar, M.L., Jacquelynne S. Eccles, S.C. Peck, and C.R. Richardson. 2007. "Midlife women's physical activity goals: Sociocultural influences and effects on behavioral regulation." Sex Roles, 57(11-12): 837-849.

A better understanding of midlife women’s exercise goals could offer insight into the psychosocial facilitators and barriers to their participation. A random sample of US working women (40–60 years) was taken, and resulted in 262 participants. Cluster analysis identified participants’ most important physical activity goal. A five goal cluster solution was identified: (1) sense of well-being; (2) weight loss; (3) health benefits; (4) stress reduction; and (5) weight maintenance/toning. The goal cluster solution was validated and suggested relevant sociocultural influences and potential effects on behavioral regulation (p < .05). Data showed that weight- and health-related goals have sociocultural influences and are associated with more extrinsic and less intrinsic behavioral regulation compared to stress reduction and sense of well-being goals.

DOI:10.1007/s11199-007-9322-1 (Full Text)

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