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J Health Psychol. 2014 Oct;19(10):1309-19. doi: 10.1177/1359105313488981. Epub 2013 Jun 5.

Weekly variability in outcome expectations: examining associations with related physical activity experiences during physical activity initiation.

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1
Southern Methodist University, USA.
2
Southern Methodist University, USA baldwin@smu.edu.

Abstract

Little is known about how outcome expectations change after physical activity initiation and whether changes are associated with physical activity experiences. In a diary study, physically inactive adults (N = 102) initiated an exercise regimen and reported their experiences daily (e.g. progress toward goals) and corresponding outcome expectations weekly (e.g. how much progress they expect this week). Average levels (between-person effects) for eight experiences (ps < .01) and deviations from the average levels (within-person effects) for three experiences (ps < .05) were associated with changes in outcome expectations. The findings demonstrate that outcome expectations for exercise vary over time and are associated with people's subjective experiences.

KEYWORDS:

beliefs; exercise; exercise behavior; experience; health behavior

PMID:
23740264
DOI:
10.1177/1359105313488981
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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