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Health locus of control and leisure-time exercise

Norman, Paul, Bennett, Paul, Smith, Christopher and Murphy, Simon 1997. Health locus of control and leisure-time exercise. Personality and Individual Differences 23 (5) , pp. 769-774. 10.1016/S0191-8869(97)00106-2

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This paper reports a study examining the relationship between health locus of control and exercise behaviour in a representative sample of over 13 000 adults in Wales. It was predicted that recent leisure-time exercise behaviour would be positively correlated with internal health locus of control beliefs and negatively correlated with powerful others and chance health locus of control beliefs. Moreover, as Wallston (1992) argues, the relationships between health locus of control beliefs and exercise behaviour should be stronger among individuals placing a high value on their health. The results indicated weak but significant correlations between the health locus of control dimensions and exercise behaviour in line with predictions. However, a hierarchical regression analysis revealed no evidence in support of the moderating role of health value. In addition, the amount of variance explained in exercise behaviour was small. The results are discussed in relation to the need to consider other potential reinforcements and other expectancy beliefs when predicting exercise behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: health locus of control; exercise behaviour; health value
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0191-8869
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:58

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