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Title: Influence of Health Magazine Messaging on Intentions to Exercise
Authors: Ori, Elaine M.
Supervisor(s): Murray, Terra (Faculty of Health Disciplines, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies)
Examining Committee: Murray, Terra (Faculty of Health Disciplines, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Athabasca University)
Johnson, Steven (Faculty of Health Disciplines, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Athabasca University)
Loitz, Christina (Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, Alberta Centre for Active Living, University of Alberta)
Jung, Mary (Faculty of Health and Social Development, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, University of British Columbia Okanagan)
Degree: Master of Health Studies
Department: Centre for Distance Education
Keywords: credibility
theory of planned behaviour
physical activity
Issue Date: 26-Sep-2015
Abstract: Individuals are inundated with media messaging, yet the impact of media messaging in a naturalistic context on exercise is largely unknown. The relationship between perceived credibility of popular fitness magazine articles and exercise attitudes, perceived behavioural control (PBC), intentions, and behaviour was examined. A pretest posttest approach was used. Participants (N=151) were randomized to a fitness (Group A) or science (Group B) article. An ANOVA showed Group A reported a higher perception of article credibility than Group B (F = 7.14, p = .00). RM MANOVA results showed there was no effect for group (condition), but there was an effect for time (F = 3.46, p = .01) and a group by time interaction (F = 2.42, p = .05), with Group B reporting higher control beliefs. It is possible that perceived credibility does not influence thoughts about exercise after reading a fitness article, though further investigation is warranted.
Graduation Date: Oct-2015
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/170
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