Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Munroe-Chandler, Krista

Keywords

Acculturation, Culture, Exercise, Female, Stereotypes

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

An exerciser stereotype in which exercisers receive more positive ratings on physical and personality attributes than those described as non-exercisers and control targets has been identified in previous research (Munroe-Chandler et al., 2012). The purpose of the present study was to examine the female exerciser stereotype in light of both culture and individual mainstream acculturation. Participants (N = 510) read a vignette describing a female exerciser, and rated the target on personality and physical attributes before completing the Vancouver Index of Acculturation (Ryder et al., 2000). Results revealed that those who were more acculturated to mainstream Canadian culture rated the target higher on personality attributes compared to those who were less acculturated to mainstream culture (ps < .05). Findings indicate that mainstream acculturation may be a more important factor when forming impressions of exercisers than the individual's acculturation to heritage culture.

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