Social cognitive correlates of physical activity among single mothers with young children

Deirdre Dlugonski, Robert W. Motl

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Abstract

Objectives: Single mothers experience negative health consequences that might be reduced through participation in physical activity, yet little is known about physical activity correlates among this population. This study examined social cognitive theory (SCT) correlates of physical activity among single mothers with young children. Design: Cross-sectional. Method: Single mothers (N=94) with at least one child less than 5 years old completed SCT questionnaires, wore an accelerometer for one week, and then completed the Godin Leisure Time Exercise questionnaire. Physical activity scores were standardized and averaged to yield a composite physical activity score. Results: Regression analysis indicated that self-efficacy was a direct predictor of composite physical activity; in the final model planning was the only statistically significant predictor of composite physical activity scores. Conclusions: Planning and self-efficacy might be important factors to include when designing physical activity interventions for single mothers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)637-641
Number of pages5
JournalPsychology of Sport and Exercise
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2014

Keywords

  • Marital status
  • Physical activity
  • Single mother
  • Social cognitive theory
  • Young children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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