Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019
Turning the tables: A student’s study into the frequency of physical activity among university faculty and staff
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Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Department of Health Sciences
Audrey J. Burnett
Dayna S. Henry
Sarah E. Rush
Christopher J. Womack
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.
DeTrane, Julianna M., "Turning the tables: A student’s study into the frequency of physical activity among university faculty and staff" (2017). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019. 301.