Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Women's deterrence of obesity through exercise adherence: An interpretive phenomenological analysis
by MacDonald, Michael, D.H.A., University of Phoenix, 2015, 163; 3708593
Abstract (Summary)

The present interpretative phenomenological analysis sought exploration regarding the research phenomena of continued obesity deterrence in relation to structured exercise adherence. This qualitative study explored the personal lived experiences of previously obese women between the ages of 20 to 40, and their current coping mechanisms of exercise adherence in relation to the deterrence of obesity. A 10-question interview was implemented to explore the participants’ successful lived experiences toward the discovery of any commonly shared physiological or psychological factors that substantiate health care adherences. The dissertation includes an initial assessment of one participant who responded to pilot test the interview questions; these data were referenced in the collected results. The sample size included 11 participants to determine the estimated independent effect of the research phenomena within the target population demographic. The purposive sample for the study focused only on a successful deterrence of obesity in women recruited from the YMCA health organization in Detroit, Michigan, with signed consent obtained from the Regional Director of Personal Training. Interpretation of the findings for young adult women was that predominately negative external physiological and psychological experiences are initially necessary to self-determine or trigger behavioral change, followed by prolonged positive internal psychological motivators needed to maintain adherence to exercise, culminating with the consistency of routine structured regimen to deter obesity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Martin, Craig
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 76/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Public health, Kinesiology, Developmental psychology
Keywords: Exercise structure, Female obesity, Interpretative phenomenological analysis, Preventive health care, Qualitative study, Self determination theory
Publication Number: 3708593
ISBN: 978-1-321-83990-6
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