Does gender moderate the exercising personality? An examination of continuous and stage-based exercise

Marc Lochbaum, E R Rhodes, Tara Stevens, Sarah Stevenson, James Surles, C K Wang

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Abstract

For nearly 60 years, researchers have examined the relationship between personality traits and exercise participation. Rhodes and Smith (2006), using meta-analytic procedures reported that extraversion, conscientiousness, and neuroticism were significantly related to exercise participation (Personality correlates of physical activity: A review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 40, 958-965). Gender as a moderator of the personality and exercise relationship remained inconclusive. In addition, researchers have suggested that the stage approach may lend greater insight as to the importance of personality. The investigator's primary purpose was to determine whether gender moderated the personality and exercise relationship. The secondary purpose was to determine the importance of personality within a stage approach. Participants were 827 females and 657 males college-aged students who completed measures of the “big five” personality traits and two exercise measures. T
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-60
JournalPsychology, Health & Medicine
StatePublished - 2010

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