Relations among temptations, self-efficacy, and physical activity

Claudio R. Nigg, Dana K. McCurdy, Kelly A. McGee, Rob W. Motl, Raheem J. Paxton, Caroline C. Horwath, Rodney K. Dishman

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This study investigated whether temptations not to be physically active (PA) contribute to the explanation of PA, controlling for self-efficacy. A cross-sectional random sample (n=700; 63.3% Female; Mean age=47, SD=17.1) completed a computer assisted telephone interview assessing temptations, self-efficacy, and PA behavior. A two-factor (affect and competing demands) temptations model fit the data (χ2 = 70.91, df = 13, p < .0001, RMSEA = .08, CFI = 0.98). The model relating temptations scales with PA, controlling for self-efficacy, also fit the data (χ2 = 240.06, df = 72, p < .0001, RMSEA = .06, CFI = 0.96). There were statistically significant paths from self-efficacy with PA (γ = .43), but paths from temptations were not significant (p>.05). Temptations did not account for variation in PA behavior beyond that explained by self-efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-243
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009


  • Measurement
  • Multi-ethnic
  • Physical activity
  • Self-efficacy
  • Temptations
  • Transtheoretical model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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