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Title: Psychosocial determinants affecting physical activity levels of Maltese PE and sport undergraduate students
Authors: Pulis, Rodmar
Keywords: Exercise -- Psychological aspects
University students -- Malta
Physical education teachers -- Training of -- Malta
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Pulis, R. (2017). Psychosocial determinants affecting physical activity levels of Maltese PE and sport undergraduate students (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: Despite the proven benefits of physical activity, about half of the university student population is not adequately physically active. Establishing reasons for this lack of activity is important. Hence, this study aimed at exploring the psychosocial determinants leading to physical activity or lack of it among students reading for an undergraduate degree in PE and Sports. This research was based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour and was divided into two phases. In the first part, 29 students completed an open-ended questionnaire to determine the salient beliefs in preparation for the closeended questionnaire. In the second phase of the study, the researcher aimed at investigating the students’ behavioural beliefs on physical activity, the influences from different social circles, and the perceived barriers and facilitators affecting physical activity patterns. A sample of 84 students was recruited from all courses offered by the Institute of Physical Education and Sport. Out of the whole sample, 80 participants (95%) claimed to be physically active for at least 150 minutes per week. “Improving fitness” was the most salient advantage of being physically active, whilst “time-consuming” was the major disadvantage. The participants also reported that they were encouraged to be active mostly by family members. “Lack of time” appeared to be the most influential factor on physical activity. Given that the time at university can be critical for developing and maintaining physical activity behaviours, exploring these factors will be valuable for planning new programs aimed to increase physical activity among university students.
Description: B.ED.(HONS)
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacEdu - 2017

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