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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


Perceived benefits and barriers affect exercise occurrence. The purpose of this study was to determine the affect of perceived benefits of and perceived barriers to exercise in women, ages 20-69. A descriptive correlational design was used to determine this relationship. A convenience sample of 61 women were surveyed using the Exercise Benefits/Barriers scale, the activity section of the Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile, and demographical data. Data were analyzed using a Pearson's r correlation and an independent t-test. The hypothesis of a decrease in occurrence of exercise as perceived barriers increased and the hypothesis of an increase in occurrence of exercise as perceived benefits increased were supported. The relationship of age, income, or education to exercise occurrence was not significant. Implications of the study are that health care providers need to assist women to decrease their perceived barriers, while strengthening their perceived benefits, to assist in greater occurrence of exercise.


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