Title

Self-efficacy and the stages of exercise behavior change

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1992

Abstract

This study examined the application of constructs concerning stage of readiness to change and selfefficacy to exercise. We developed two scales to measure stages of change for exercise behavior. Prevalence information on a sample of1, 063 government employees and 429 hospital employees was then obtained. Next, the ability of a questionnaire measuring exercise self-efficacy to differentiate employees according to stage of readiness to change was tested Results from both stages-of change scales revealed that 34-39% of employees were regularly participating in physical activity. Scores on efficacy items significantly differentiated employees at most stages. Results indicated employees who had not yet begun to exercise, in contrast with those who exercised regularly, had little confidence in their ability to exercise. Continued work at understanding the stages of exercise behavior and exercise self-efficacy could yield important information for enhancing exercise adoption and adherence. © 1992 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Publication Title

Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Volume

63

Issue

1

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