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1st Student's Major

Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services

1st Student's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Students' Professional Biography

Gretchen Walker is a Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services major with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation and a minor in gerontology at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Over the past two years, she has completed two research studies and co-presented the findings at the Undergraduate Research Conference held on campus. She is planning on developing another research study with two other therapeutic recreation students next year. Amy Posner is a Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services major with a therapeutic recreation emphasis and a minor in psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Over the past two years, she has completed two research studies and co-presented the findings at the Undergraduate Research Conference and is planning on another study next year.

Mentor's Name

James Wise

Mentor's Email Address

james.wise@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services

Mentor's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to test a theoretical model where self-efficacy is hypothesized to influence people’s behavioral intentions directly and indirectly through effects on outcome expectancy. Data on self-efficacy, outcome expectancy, and intention to jog two consecutive miles were collected from 115 college students enrolled in general education classes. As anticipated, path analyses indicated that efficacy had both a direct impact on intention and an indirect impact through its effects on outcome expectancy. The more efficacious people were, the more positive the outcomes they associated with jogging and the surer they were they would jog. The model tested in this study holds potentially important implications for health professionals. Based upon the model, professionals can increase the likelihood people will perform healthy activities by developing interventions that lead to stronger self-efficacy and greater awareness of positive outcomes associated with the activities.

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