Date of Award

2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Chandler, Krista (Kinesiology)

Keywords

Kinesiology.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to investigate the applicabilityof the exerciser stereotype in a female weight training population, in addition to the influence of gender and impression motivation on ratings of physical and personality characteristics. Two hundred and fifty one participants (M age = 19.94) read a vignette describing one of four female weight trainer targets (typical, excessive, non-weight trainer, or control), then rated the target on physical and personality characteristics before completing itemsfrom the Self-Presentation in Exercise Questionnaire - modified for weight training (SPEQ-WT; Gammage, Munroe-Chandler, & Hall, 2005). Results indicated a significant main effect (ps < .05) for one personality, and four physical characteristics. However, participant gender and impression motivation did not influence ratings (ps > .05). The findings provide evidence of self-presentational advantages for female weight trainers, though future research should examine the influence ofthese significant characteristics on both weight trainers and observers.

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