The purpose of this study was to assess college student perceptions of participating in swimming as a physical activity using the theoretical framework Theory of Planned Behavior (Ajzen, 1991). This quantitative study examined the attitudes, subjective norms and perceived behavioral control of college student’s intentions to participate in swimming as a physical activity. The sample population was college students enrolled at an Historically Black College and University on the East Coast. The survey was distributed to 248 students enrolled in a general health education course. A total of 220 questionnaires were completed for a response rate of 60%. The sample population was made up of 164 females (75%) and 56 males (25%). To address research question One, the researcher measured the differences between genders’ intentions to participate in swimming using an Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) statistical test. For research questions Two through Six, a Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) statistical test was used to measure differences based on the established survey instrument Physical Activity Questionnaire for Diabetic Patients (PAQ-DP). Statistical significant differences were found amongst genders for perceived behavioral control and intention for measuring differences amongst genders using an alpha level of .05 for all statistical tests. Statistical significance was also found for parent’s socioeconomic status for self-identity as well as for affective attitude for geographical location. The research study utilized the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Diabetic Patients (PAQ-DP) which is an established survey instrument created by Zeinab Ghazanfari (2010) as part of a study for assessing diabetic patients’ perceptions about participating in physical activity. A slight modification to the survey instrument was used by changing physical activity to swimming.
|Commitee:||Berube, Clair, Livingston, Aaron, Wells, Marilyn|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Higher education, Recreation|
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