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The stability of automatic evaluations of physical activity and their relations with physical activity

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Amanda RebarAmanda Rebar, S Elavsky, S Doerksen, D Conroy
Accumulating research indicates that physical activity is motivated by automatic evaluations of physical activity. Little is known about the stability of automatic evaluations or how their dynamics impact physical activity. We tested the measurement invariance and stability of university students' (N = 164) automatic evaluations of physical activity. In addition, multiple regression and structural equation models with latent interaction variables were used to investigate how changes in automatic evaluations related to change in self-reported physical activity and differences in the level of directly measured physical activity. It was revealed that automatic evaluations had strict measurement invariance and that automatic evaluations have both stable and unstable components. People whose unfavorable automatic evaluations became more favorable over the week showed a larger increase in self-reported physical activity from the previous week than did people whose automatic evaluations remained unfavorable. These results indicated that the dynamics of automatic evaluations and physical activity can be intertwined.

Funding

Category 4 - CRC Research Income

History

Volume

34

Issue

6

Start Page

715

End Page

736

Number of Pages

22

eISSN

1543-2904

ISSN

0895-2779

Location

Champaign, IL

Publisher

Human Kinetics

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of sport amd exercise psychology.