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Measuring Perceived Benefits and Perceived Barriers for Physical Activity

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Objectives: To evaluate the psychometric properties and relationship to physical activity levels of the Exercise Benefits/Barriers Scale (EBBS) among college students. Methods: A total of 398 college students completed the EBBS and a measure of self-efficacy, the Physical Exercise Self-Efficacy Scale. In addition, a subsample of 275 students also completed a semistructured interview on physical activity, the Seven-day Physical Activity Recall. Results: Psychometric properties were acceptable, but only benefits significantly accounted for variance in physical activity levels. Conclusions: Surprisingly, the factorial structure differed from the test developers'.
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Keywords: barriers; benefits; physical activity

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Psychology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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