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Determinants of Physical Activity in Young Adult Cancer Survivors

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Objectives: To examine the determinants of physical activity (PA) in young adult cancer survivors (YACS). Methods: A survey of 588 YACS in Alberta, Canada, assessed PA, medical and demographical factors, and theory of planned behavior variables. Results: Path analysis explained 38% (P<.001) of the variance in PA with significant contributions from intention, planning, affective attitude, education, and general health. In turn, 56% (P<.001) of the variance in intention was explained by perceived behavioral control, instrumental attitude, and affective attitude. Conclusion: PA interventions in YACS should focus on developing strong intentions by targeting perceived behavioral control, instrumental attitude, and affective attitude.
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Keywords: CANCER SURVIVORS; EXERCISE; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY; THEORY OF PLANNED BEHAVIOR; YOUNG ADULT

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Publication date: 2012-07-01

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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