Affective attitudes towards physical activity: conceptual and measurement issues

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Objective: To explore three different measures of affective attitude towards physical activity engagement, each reflecting a different conceptualisation of the construct; a state attitude, a trait attitude, and an implicit attitude. Methods: physical activity, trait affective attitude and state affective attitude were assessed among forty-six Dutch students by means of a questionnaire. In addition, students completed a paper-pencil version of the Implicit Association Task (IAT). Bivariate correlations between measures were calculated and a linear regression analysis was conducted to see which measure explained the most variance in self-reported physical activity. Results: Variance in self-reported physical activity was best explained by trait attitude (R2 = 0.35) followed by implicit attitude (¿ R2 = 0.09). Scores on the state and the trait measure showed no correlation (r = 0.27, p = 0.07). The implicit measure correlated with the state measure (r = 0.41, p = 0.01), but not with the trait measure (r = 0.25, p = 0.10). Conclusions: Trait affective attitudes towards physical activity correspond best with self-reported behaviour. Yet, the implicit instrument provides a useful supplement given its additional explanatory power, its assumed invulnerability to response bias and its context-sensitiveness
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society "Health in context", Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 1-4 September 2010
Pages361-361
Volume25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event24th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society "Health in context", Cluj-Napoca, Romania -
Duration: 1 Sep 20104 Sep 2010

Conference

Conference24th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society "Health in context", Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Period1/09/104/09/10

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