Although it is essential to our well-being, a majority of individuals do not engage in the recommended levels of physical activity. Numerous determinants of physical activity have been proposed, including social support. Research strongly supports that increased social support is often linked to greater amounts of physical activity. However, little research maintains this finding among college students. Furthermore, preliminary evidence indicates social support differences between men and women differentially influence physical activity levels. This study will attempt to determine the effects of social support as a predictor of physical activity among college students, and also examine differences between men and women. Results from 79 participants who have completed a semistructured interview to assess physical activity and a social support questionnaire will be utilized. It is hypothesized that social support will strongly predict physical activity among college students. It is also hypothesized that social support will be a greater predictor of physical activity in women. The results of this study will provide us with an approach on how to improve physical activity among college students, and possibly the general population. They will also give us an awareness of the possible gender differences men and women face when engaging in physical activity.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Carter, Brandy; Kroger, Susan; Carr, Emily; and Brown, Seth
"Social Support as a Predictor of Physical Activity,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 7:
1, Article 15.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol7/iss1/15