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Physical activity behaviors and motivations in an adult First Nation population

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dc.contributor.author Coble, James Darren
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-26T16:57:10Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-26T16:57:10Z
dc.date.copyright 2006 en
dc.date.issued 2010-01-26T16:57:10Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2107
dc.description.abstract The prevalence of diabetes and obesity in Aboriginal populations across North America is a cause for concern. Regular physical activity has been shown to mitigate these risk factors. Despite this, there is a limited body of research that assesses the physical activity behaviors of Aboriginal people in Canada. Further. no studies have applied Ajzen's Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) to determine the social and cognitive motivations of Aboriginal peoples to engage in physical activity. The purpose of this mixed method research was to determine the physical activity behaviors and motivations of a population of First Nation adults. Data collection consisted of the completion of the TPB questionnaire (N = 53) as well as focus group interviews (N=12) to determine the physical activity behaviors and belief-based perceptions, as per the TPB, of First Nation adults as they relate to engaging in physical activity. The research was conducted with participation of the Westbank First Nation, an Okanagan Nation band located near Kelowna. British Columbia. Quantitative analysis using hierarchical regression was used to determine the motivations of First Nation adults to engage in physical activity. Qualitative data analysis methods were used to construct themes representing motivations for physical activity common to the research participants. Results offer partial support for using the TPB to understand the motivations of Westbank First Nation adults. Further. Westbank First Nation adults have unique beliefs and meanings related to physical activity compared to the general population. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject Westbank First Nation en
dc.subject British Columbia en
dc.subject health and hygiene en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Education::Physical education and training en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Sciences and Engineering::Health Sciences::Health education en
dc.title Physical activity behaviors and motivations in an adult First Nation population en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Rhodes, Ryan E.
dc.degree.department School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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