Web-Based Instruction for Changing Social Cognitive Theory Constructs That Are Related to Physical Activity Behavior. (Psychology)

By Suminski, Richard; Petosa, Rick Lingyak et al. | Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, March 2003 | Go to article overview

Web-Based Instruction for Changing Social Cognitive Theory Constructs That Are Related to Physical Activity Behavior. (Psychology)


Suminski, Richard, Petosa, Rick Lingyak, Waggle, Lindsey, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport


Despite the well known health benefits of physical activity, a large proportion of college students are not physically active on a regular basis. Technological advances and the accessibility of computers have made Internet instruction a viable and feasible option. The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of a web-based instructional program for changing Social Cognitive Constructs that are correlated with physical activity behavior. College students enrolled in health and wellness courses were recruited for this study. Four classes received 10 weeks of instruction on the health and fitness aspects of exercise plus the web-based program (treatment, n= 80), three classes received 10 weeks of instruction on the health and fitness aspects of exercise and no web-based program (comparison, n = 91), and two classes were in unrelated areas (cancer and aids education) (control, n 137). The web-based program consisted of 9 web assignments (1 per week) that targeted: analysis of past and present physical ac tivity behaviors, behavioral goal setting, social support, self-regulation, self-efficacy, self-monitoring, and awareness as related to physical activity. Each of the SCT variables was measured using an instrument with previously established validity and reliability. Sixty-eight percent of the students found the assignments helpful in planning for long-term physical activity. …

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