Motivations and Barriers to Physical Exercise among African American Female College Students
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This study examined differences between groups of exercising and non-exercising African American female college students. Groups where compared on a variety of psychosocial variables including perceived motivations, universal barriers, African American cultural barriers, and rejection sensitivity to race. The utility of self-efficacy as a moderator of perceived barriers was also explored. Lastly, the moderating role of ethnic identity on the perception of African American cultural barriers was examined. The results of this study supported the predicted relationship of physical exercise status with perceived positive motives/benefits and perceived universal barriers of exercise. However, the results revealed no significant relationships of exercise status and the African-American cultural barriers or rejection-sensitivity to race.