Date of Award

2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Chandler, Krista (Kinesiology)

Keywords

Kinesiology, General.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

One barrier to exercise is the worry people have regarding their appearance while exercising (Leary, 1992). This self-presentational concern may lead to social anxiety (Treasure, Lox, & Lawton, 1998) and a decrease in or avoidance of exercise behaviour (Leary & Kowalski, 1995). Munroe-Chandler and Gammage (2008) found there are certain environmental characteristics that influence men's social anxiety in the weight room. Using these aspects, the study's purpose was to influence the social anxiety experienced by males in the weight room by manipulating their self-presentational efficacy. Although the high and low self-presentational efficacy groups did not differ on levels of self-presentational efficacy or social anxiety, they did differ on their task self-efficacy. Mechanisms that may have resulted in non-significant findings for self-presentational efficacy and social anxiety are discussed and future directions are provided. Through this research, environmental deterrents to weight training for men may be minimized thus increasing exercise participation rates.

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