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The Development of Three Questionnaires to Assess Beliefs about Green Exercise

Flowers, EP and Freeman, P and Gladwell, VF (2017) 'The Development of Three Questionnaires to Assess Beliefs about Green Exercise.' International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. ISSN 1660-4601

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Abstract

Green exercise is physical activity that takes place in the presence of natural environments. Despite the promising evidence of the benefits, little is known about how individuals’ thoughts and feelings influence participation in green exercise and subsequent outcomes. The aim of the current research was to develop questionnaires using the Theory of Planned Behaviour as a framework that could both directly and indirectly assess attitudes, subjective norms and perceived behaviour control, along with intention toward green exercise. Confirmatory factor analyses confirmed that the indirect, direct, and intention measures all had good overall model fits when tested on a refinement (n = 253) and validation (n = 230) sample. The questionnaires will contribute towards helping to better understanding individuals’ beliefs about green exercise, how these influence behaviour, and ultimately to enable the development of effective interventions promoting green exercise.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: attitudes; subjective norms; perceived behavioural control; intentions; theory of planned behaviour; confirmatory factor analysis; physical activity; outdoor recreation
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2017 11:27
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2017 11:28
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20459

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