Correlates of Exercise Intentions in Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivors: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
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  • 1 University of Alberta
  • | 2 Duke University Medical Center
  • | 3 Cross Cancer Institute
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In the present study we examined the demographic, medical, and social cognitive correlates of exercise intentions in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) survivors using the theory of planned behavior (TPB). Participants were 399 NHL survivors who completed a mailed survey that assessed demographics, past exercise, and the TPB (i.e., intention, perceived behavioral control, affective and instrumental attitudes, and subjective norm). Descriptive data indicated that only about 50% of NHL survivors intended to exercise at levels that are consistent with current public health guidelines. In support of the TPB, multiple regression analysis indicated that the model explained 55% of the variance in exercise intentions, with perceived behavioral control (β = .47), affective attitude (β = .23), and subjective norm (β = .15), being the most important correlates. It was concluded that the TPB provides a good framework on which to base interventions designed to increase exercise intentions in NHL survivors.

Faculty of Physical Education, Univ. of Alberta, E-424 Van Vliet Center, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2H9 Canada

Dept. of Medicine, Box 2949 Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27705

Dept. of Medical Oncology, Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Ave., Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 1Z2.

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