Critically examines the influence of social psychological factors on decisions to adopt and maintain physical activity and the relationships between physical activity and psychological well-being.
|Paper title||Psychology of Physical Activity|
|Subject||Sport, Physical Education and Exercise|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,059.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,820.40|
- SPEX 204 or SPEX 205 or PHSE 205 or PHSE 334
- PHSE 336, PHSE 536
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- Teaching staff
Course Coordinator: Dr Elaine Hargreaves
There is no compulsory textbook. A reading list will be provided, which details the book chapter or research articles that complement each lecture. These readings will be available online and through course reserve in the library.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking,
Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
On completing the paper students should demonstrate:
- An in-depth understanding of current research evidence relating to the role of physical activity in the treatment of mental ill-health, promotion of psychological well-being and the proposed mechanisms behind why physical activity can improve psychological health
- An in-depth understanding of the process of physical activity behaviour change from adoption to maintenance from the perspective of key socio-cognitive theories
- A critical understanding of how psychological theory informs the design and implementation of exercise interventions and underpins the work of a physical activity specialist
ability to use the skills and strategies required of an exercise consultant to facilitate
behaviour change in their clients
Suitable for students interested in the psychology of physical activity, health promotion, public health, social psychology and physical education.
- Teaching Arrangements
There are five compulsory tutorials held across the semester.
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- Paper Structure
The paper covers five topics:
- Introduction to the exercise psychology and research methods employed
- The psychological responses to physical activity: depression, anxiety, self-esteem and body image, affect and potential negative outcomes (e.g. exercise dependence)
- The role of motivation in physical activity behaviour change, drawing from self-determination theory, self-efficacy theory and theory of planned behaviour
- Skills and techniques for conducting successful physical activity behaviour change consultations
- Design and evaluation of psychologically based physical activity interventions