Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Preferred Name - First Author

DeTrane, Julianna

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department

Department of Health Sciences

Advisor(s)

Dr. Audrey J. Burnett

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between physical activity and gender, position, social support, and motivation. The researcher conducted an observational, cross-sectional study of James Madison University faculty and staff (n=423) through the use of SurveyPlanet. The survey was adapted from the 2002 International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ), and participants responded to items regarding their current moderate and vigorous physical activity level based on the previous seven days, as well as items assessing level of motivation and sources of social support. Results of a multiple regression analysis, F(4, 412) = 6.811, p < .001, adj. R2 = 0.062, indicated significant effects of gender, social support and motivation on physical activity. Pearson’s correlation demonstrated a positive correlation between social support (r(416) = 0.188, p <0 >.0005) and motivation (r(416) =0.140, p < 0.0005) and physical activity. Further research is needed to examine other factors that affect physical activity levels among faculty and staff in a university setting.

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