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What psychosocial factors determine the physical activity patterns of university students?

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dc.contributor.author Murphy, Joseph J.
dc.contributor.author MacDonncha, Ciaran
dc.contributor.author Muprhy, Marie H.
dc.contributor.author Murphy, Niamh
dc.contributor.author Nevill, Alan M.
dc.contributor.author Woods, Catherine B.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-07T14:38:17Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-07T14:38:17Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.issn 1543-3080
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/8216
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Although levels of physical activity (PA) have been researched, no information on how university students organize their PA across different life domains is available. The purpose of this study is to explore if and how students organize their PA across transport and recreational domains, and to identify the psychosocial factors related to these patterns. Methods: Students from 31 Irish universities completed a supervised online survey measuring participant characteristics, psychosocial factors, and PA. Two-step cluster analysis was used to identify specific PA patterns in students. Binary logistic regressions identified factors associated with cluster membership while controlling for age, sex, household income, and perceived travel time to a university. Results: Analysis was performed on 6951 students (50.7% male; 21.51 [5.55] y). One Low Active cluster emerged. Four clusters containing a form of PA emerged including Active Commuters, Active in University, Active Outside University, and High Active. Increases in motivation and planning improved the likelihood of students being categorized in a cluster containing PA. Conclusion: One size does not fit all when it comes to students PA engagement, with 5 patterns identified. Health professionals are advised to incorporate strategies for increasing students’ motivation, action planning, and coping planning into future PA promotion efforts. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Human Kinetics en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Physical Activity and Health;16 (5), pp. 325-332
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2018-0205
dc.rights Author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Journal of Physical Activity and Health,2019, https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2018-0205 © Human Kinetics, Inc en_US
dc.subject active commuting en_US
dc.subject cluster analysis en_US
dc.subject psychology en_US
dc.subject youth en_US
dc.title What psychosocial factors determine the physical activity patterns of university students? en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2019-11-07T14:28:03Z
dc.identifier.doi 10.1123/jpah.2018-0205
dc.contributor.sponsor Student Sport Ireland en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2906015
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal Of Physical Activity & Health
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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