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Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychologists as Proxy-Agents for Exercise
by Campbell, Caleb W., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 67; 10742576
Abstract (Summary)

The current study is exploratory in nature and is the first to consider Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychologists (SEPP) as proxy-agents for exercise. The primary focus is on three questions: Who would be interested in using a SEPP as a proxy-agent for exercise, do certain factors influence interest, and what specific self-regulatory mental skills are certain people interested in learning from a SEPP?

Two hundred and twenty-eight participants anonymously completed a survey online through Qualtrics. To answer the first question, participants in the age ranges of 18–22 and 23–49 were most interested and participants in the age range of 50 and higher were least interested. Participants who reported making less than $20,000 a year were the most interested, and participants who reported making more than $150,000 were the least interested. Participants who identified as being in the contemplation and action stages of change showed the most interest, whereas participants in the maintenance stage of change showed the least. To answer the second question, self-regulatory efficacy negatively influenced interest, whereas proxy-efficacy positively influenced interest. For the final question, participants were most interested in learning skills to manage their energy, and least interested in help reducing anxiety towards exercise from a SEPP. This study’s findings are important to the growing body of research regarding the best practices to embed long-term commitment to exercise behavior in individuals.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ede, Alison
Commitee: Madrigal, Leilani, Vargas, Tiffanye
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Kinesiology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Kinesiology, Psychology
Keywords: Exercise, Interest, Performance psychologist, Proxy-agent, Proxy-efficacy, Self-regulatory efficacy, Sport, Stage of change
Publication Number: 10742576
ISBN: 978-0-355-65021-1
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