Physical activity in peri-urban communities: testing intentional and implicit processes within a social ecological framework

Olson, Jenny L. and Ireland, Michael J. and March, Sonja and Biddle, Stuart J. H. and Hagger, Martin S. (2019) Physical activity in peri-urban communities: testing intentional and implicit processes within a social ecological framework. Applied Psychology: Health and Wellbeing. pp. 1-27. ISSN 1758-0854


Abstract

Background: Given the substantive health inequalities in peri-urban communities and the potential for physical activity to promote health in these communities, identifying modifiable physical activity determinants in this population is important. This study explored effects of the periurban environment and psychological constructs on physical activity intentions and behavioural automaticity guided by an integrated theoretical framework.

Methods: Peri-urban Australians (N=271) completed self report measures of environmental (i.e., physical/socialenvironment, and neighbourhood selection), motivational (i.e., autonomous motivation), and social cognition (i.e., attitudes, norms, and perceived behavioural control [PBC]) constructs, past behaviour, intentions, and automaticity.

Results: A well-fitting path analytic model revealed that: autonomous motivation predicted all social cognition constructs; subjective norms and PBC, but not attitudes; autonomous motivation predicted intentions and automaticity; and subjective norms and PBC mediated effects of autonomous motivation on intentions. Of the environmental constructs, only neighbourhood selection was related to intentions, mediated by PBC.

Conclusions: Autonomous motivation is an important correlate of physical activity intentions and automaticity, and subjective norms and PBC also related to intentions. Individuals perceiving a supportive environment were more likely to report positive PBC and intentions. Targeting change in autonomous motivation, and normative and control beliefs may help enhance physical activity intentions and automaticity in peri urban communities.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2020 06:10
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 01:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: physical activity; intentions; automaticity; autonomous motivation; belief; integrated model
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/aphw.12182
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37082

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