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Title: Psychological determinants of exercise behavior of nursing students
Authors: Chan, JCY
Keywords: Barriers to and benefits of exercise
Exercise Self-efficacy
Nursing students
Physical activity
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Edizioni Scripta Manent s.n.c.
Source: Archivio Italiano di Urologia e Andrologia, 2014, v. 49, no. 1, p. 60-67 How to cite?
Journal: Archivio Italiano di Urologia e Andrologia 
Abstract: Background: Though expected to be role models in health promotion, research has shown that nursing students often have suboptimal exercise behavior. Aim: This study explored the psychological factors associated with the exercise behavior of nursing students. Methods/Design: A total of 195 first-year undergraduate nursing students completed a cross-sectional quantitative survey questionnaire, which included measures of their exercise behavior, the Physical Exercise Self-efficacy Scale, and the Exercise Barriers/Benefits Scale. Results/Findings: The results showed that male students spent more time exercising and had higher exercise self-efficacy compared with female students, but there were no gender differences in the perceived barriers to or benefits of exercise. Fatigue brought on by exercising was the greatest perceived barrier to exercise, whereas increasing physical fitness and mental health were the greatest perceived benefits of exercise. Multiple linear regression showed that gender, exercise self-efficacy, perceived barriers to exercise, and perceived benefits of exercise were independent predictors of exercise behavior. Conclusion: Nurse educators can endeavor to promote exercise behavior among nursing students by highlighting the specific benefits of exercise, empowering students to overcome their perceived barriers to exercise, and enhancing students' exercise self-efficacy.
ISSN: 1124-3562
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