Adolescents and physical activity: The role of attitudinal, normative and control beliefs

Hamilton, Kyra & White, Katherine M. (2007) Adolescents and physical activity: The role of attitudinal, normative and control beliefs. In Moore, K. (Ed.) In K. Moore (Ed.), Psychology Making an Impact 2007: Proceedings of 42nd APS annual conference. (pp. 175-180). Victoria: The Australian Psychological Society., Australian Psychological Society, Brisbane, pp. 175-180.


Adolescent obesity and physical inactivity are serious health issues in Australia. Using a Theory of Planned Behaviour framework (Ajzen, 1991), the present study aimed to investigate if belief-based differences exist between those adolescents who perform moderate-to-vigorous physical activity on a regular basis (performers) and those who do not (non-performers). Participants, comprising of 395 grade nine students, completed a questionnaire assessing their physical activity beliefs and reported their physical activity 1 week later. The results revealed that the attitudinal, normative, and control beliefs of performers and non-performers differed significantly. The findings provide important applied information that can be utilised in developing intervention programs aimed at increasing adolescent physical activity.

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ID Code: 10334
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Australian Psychological Society
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:34

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