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Personal meanings, values and feelings relating to physical activity and exercise participation in female undergraduates : a qualitative exploration

Bulley, Catherine and Donaghy, Marie and Payne, Andrew and Mutrie, Nanette (2009) Personal meanings, values and feelings relating to physical activity and exercise participation in female undergraduates : a qualitative exploration. Journal of Health Psychology, 14 (6). pp. 751-760. ISSN 1359-1053

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Abstract

Understanding was sought of the ways that female students understand and feel about physical activity and exercise participation, to inform effective and ethical intervention. Sixteen women participated in semi-structured interviews which were analysed thematically, using QSR NUD*IST 4. Physical activity and exercise proved emotive topics and meant different things to different people. Some women associated physical activity and exercise with enjoyment, or achieving their goals. Others saw exercise in particular as a duty, associated with feelings of guilt and inadequacy. Findings supported the value of promoting realistic goals, and careful choice of activities according to individual preferences.

Item type: Article
ID code: 7837
Keywords: meanings, values, feelings, physical activity, exercise participation, female undergraduates, exercise, sport, Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition
Subjects: Medicine > Public aspects of medicine > Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Physical Activity for Health
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    Depositing user: Professor Nanette Mutrie
    Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2010 14:21
    Last modified: 18 Oct 2012 14:59
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/7837

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