Health promoting behaviors and exercise stages of change levels of university students at transition to university

Download
2007
Ebem, Zeynep
The purposes of this study were to examine (a) health promoting behaviors, (b) physical activity levels, (c) exercise stages of change levels, and (d) exercise preferences of students who had just entered the university by gender and residence. Participants were 438 students from Middle East Technical University (METU) English Preparatory school. Adolescent Health Promotion Scale (AHPS), International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ), Physical Activity Stages of Change Questionnaire (PASCQ), and Physical Activity Preferences Check-list were used for the data collection. Descriptive statistics, nonparametric statistical methods (Mann Whitney U test, Pearson chi-square test), and a one-way MANOVA were used for the data analysis. According to AHPS results, female students’ health promoting behaviors were better than those of male students except exercise behavior. Students living at home had higher scores on nutrition behavior and students living in dormitory had higher scores on stress management behavior (p < .05). According to the IPAQ results, male students were more physically active than female counterparts. Students who were living in dormitory had higher physical activity levels than students living at home (p < .05). PASCQ findings indicated no significant differences on the exercise stages of change levels by gender and residence (p > .05). In general, students were at pre-contemplation 9.2%, contemplation 39.3%, preparation 27.8%, action 14.5%, and maintenance 9.2% stages. Swimming, walking, and table tennis were the three most frequently preferred physical activities. In conclusion, female students had better health promoting behaviors than those of male students except exercise behavior. Female students and students living at home were more at risk of inactivity. Approximately 80% of the METU English Preparatory school students’ physical activity levels were not satisfactory for a healthy life. University physical activity facilities, extracurricular programs and the courses should be reconsidered to support the health promoting behaviors of these students.

Suggestions

Physical activity and exercise stages of change levels ofMiddle East Technical University students
Cengiz, Cevdet; İnce, Mustafa Levent; Department of Physical Education and Sports (2007)
The purposes of this study were to examine (a) physical activity participation levels, (b) exercise stages of change levels and (c) physical activity preferences of the Middle East Technical University undergraduate students with respect to gender, residence and faculty. Participants were 953 students from 5 different faculties (496 male, and 547 female). For the data collection, International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ), Physical Activity Stages of Change Questionnaire, and Physical Activity Pre...
Academic procrastination: prevalence, self-reported reasons, gender difference and it's relation with academic achievement
Uzun Özer, Bilge R; Demir, Ayhan Gürbüz; Department of Educational Sciences (2005)
The purpose of the present study was mainly fourfold; 1) to examine the undergraduate students̕ level of academic procrastination in relation to gender; 2) to investigate the undergraduate students̕ prevalence of procrastination in relation to gender in six areas of academic functioning namely; writing a term paper, studying for an exam, keeping up reading weekly assignments, performing academic administrative tasks, attendance tasks, and school activities in general; 3) to find out the relationship between...
The determination of motivational factors of sport gambling university students and their personality and psychological differences from non-gamblers
Karlı, Ünal; Koçak, Mehmet Settar; Department of Physical Education and Sports (2008)
The purpose of this study was three-fold; to determine the personality and financial risk-taking attitude differences between sports gambling students and non-gambling students, to specify gambling motivations of the sport gambling students and to identify the relationship among personality traits, financial risk-taking attitude and gambling motivations of the students who gamble on sport events. The subject group of this research was composed of 1109 Middle East Technical University students who were parti...
The formation and consolidation of Pamiri ethnic identity in Tajikistan
Davlatshoev, Suhrobsho; Tokluoğlu, Ayşe Ceylan; Department of Eurasian Studies (2006)
The aim of this study is to examine the formation and consolidation of the Pamiri people in Tajikistan. The research focuses on two topics. The first is to compare the primordialist and constructionist schools over the question of the features individuating ethnic groups. The formation of Pamiri ethnic identity during the Soviet rule was selected as a case study of this thesis. The second topic of this study is to examine the formation of Pamiri ethnic identity and the factors that contributed for its conso...
Control and manipulation of life : a critical assessment of genetics through the perspectives of Hans Jonas, Martin Heidegger and Michel Foucault
Bilginer, Onur; Deveci, Cem; Department of Political Science and Public Administration (2006)
This study is on the political and ethical aspects of recent advances in genetics. Its aim is to explicate the scientific and technological premises of genetics along historical, philosophical and political axes by employing the critical perspectives of Jonas, Heidegger and Foucault. Starting the discussion from a brief account of scientific and technological revolutions initiated in the 16th and 17th centuries, I defend the thesis that the idea of control and manipulation of life is not a novelty introduce...
Citation Formats
Z. Ebem, “Health promoting behaviors and exercise stages of change levels of university students at transition to university,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2007.