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)||$1,080.30|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,061.45|
- SPEX 204 or SPEX 205 or PHSE 205 or PHSE 334
- PHSE 336, PHSE 536
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
Suitable for students interested in the psychology of physical activity, health promotion, public health, social psychology and physical education.
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- Teaching staff
Course Coordinator: Dr Elaine Hargreaves
- Paper Structure
The paper covers five topics:
- Introduction to the psychology of physical activity and the 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
- Teaching Arrangements
There are five compulsory tutorials held across the semester.
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,
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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