Intention to be physically active: A theory-guided study in italian teenagers

Massimo Miglioretti, Gabriella Pravettoni

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Abstract

This study investigated the relationship of self-efficacy, outcome expectancies, and risk perception on intention to increase physical activity in a group of adolescents. The 833 participants (M age = 16.2 yr., SD = 1.5) completed a Survey of Health Behavior anonymously. 88% of the sample said that they engaged in physical activity; 42.1% said that they spent 4 hours per week exercising. Boys appeared to be more active than girls. The results indicated self-efficacy, outcome expectancies, and risk perception as key factors in explaining behavioural intention in teenagers. As regards outcome expectancies, it seems that adolescents are effectively motivated by objectives which affect them closely, such as maintaining the right weight, and which may influence their everyday life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)939-948
Number of pages10
JournalPsychological Reports
Volume100
Issue number3 I
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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