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Title: An exploration of the role of motivation for exercising
Author: Keeton, Emma
ISNI:       0000 0001 3596 3649
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2008
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Aims: Associations between negative self beliefs, motivation to exercise, mood and eating disorder (ED) symptoms in young women are poorly understood. Theoretically, young women may exercise to overcome negative self beliefs, which may help to maintain/encourage both low mood and ED symptoms. This study aims to enhance our understanding of these interrelationships and their role in the development and maintenance of some psychological disorders experienced by women. Results: No significant relationship was found between exercise with mood and ED symptoms. Negative self beliefs were found to be correlated with mood and ED symptoms. A high level of negative self belief (insufficient self-control/self-discipline) was correlated with low levels of exercise. Identified regulation was found to be a significant mediator between negative self belief (insufficient self-control/self-discipline) and exercise. Conclusion: With the provision of certain limitations, these results suggest that young women with negative self beliefs may exercise as a compensation or avoidance strategy. Exercising for motivations that mainly reflect a self-determined 'introjected' level of motivation impacted on an individual's anxiety levels.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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