EXERCISE STAGES OF CHANGE IN TURKISH UNIVERSITY STUDENTS BY SEX, RESIDENCE, AND DEPARTMENT


Cengiz C., İNCE M. L. , Cicek S.

PERCEPTUAL AND MOTOR SKILLS, vol.108, no.2, pp.411-421, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 108 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.2466/pms.108.2.411-421
  • Title of Journal : PERCEPTUAL AND MOTOR SKILLS
  • Page Numbers: pp.411-421

Abstract

To examine the exercise behavior of 953 Turkish University students (496 men, 457 women) by sex, residence, and department of study, a stratified sampling method, based on the total number of students in each department, was used to select participants. The mean age of the participants was 21.3 yr. (SD = 1.9). For completed Physical Activity Stages of Change Questionnaire and the International Physical Activity Questionnaire, descriptive statistics and chi-squared tests indicated that most Students were at the lower stages of change in exercise habits: Precontemplation (15.2%), Contemplation (31.4%), and Preparation (25.3%), compared with the later stages of Action (75%) and Maintenance (20.6%). Women and students from the Department of Architecture were at lower stages of change than men and Students from other departments (p<.05), but there were no significant differences between students who were living on or off campus. Stage-based interventions Would be appropriate, with focus on the physical activity of women and students in architecture.