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Exercise Psychology

Exercise Psychology - 92 edition

ISBN13: 978-0873223669

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ISBN13: 978-0873223669
ISBN10: 0873223667
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Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Published: 1992
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Exercise Psychology - 92 edition

ISBN13: 978-0873223669

Joe D. Willis and Linda Frye Campbell

ISBN13: 978-0873223669
ISBN10: 0873223667
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 92
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers

Published: 1992
International: No

Exercise Psychology is the first text to provide broad coverage of research, theory, and practical applications in the field of exercise psychology. With this book readers will gain the knowledge and skills they need to become successful practitioners in cardiac rehabilitation, wellness, health promotion, and corporate and commercial fitness.

Information from a wide variety of disciplines is presented in clear and concise language that's relevant for students and practitioners. Real-life scenarios help readers understand how to apply theoretical models and research in the fitness setting.

Part I focuses on the principles, theories, and concepts of exercise psychology and examines research on motivation, exercise adherence, psychological implications of exercise, and personality factors. Plus, theoretical models most beneficial to understanding exercise programming are discussed, including

* the health belief model,
* the theory of reasoned action, and
* self-efficacy theory.

Part II shows readers how to apply psychological principles and techniques that will help people increase their motivation to exercise and change health-impairing behaviors. Readers will learn effective counseling skills and how to develop their role as group leader. They'll learn how group dynamics such as interpersonal communication, group conflict, decision-making, and problem solving work in the exercise setting.

Part II also includes numerous behavioral intervention strategies and details exercise approaches for special populations such as children, the elderly, and people with coronary heart disease, obesity, or physical disabilities.

Author Bio

Willis, Joe D. : Georgia State University

Joe D. Willis, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta. During his tenure at GSU Joe has been instrumental in establishing the bachelor's and master's programs in exercise science--which were among the first programs of their kind in the country. Joe is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology; the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the American College of Sports Medicine; and the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity.

Campbell, Linda Frye : University of Georgia

Linda Frye Campbell is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at the University of Georgia, where she is also director of the Center for Counseling and Personal Evaluation. During her 15 years in education, Linda has conducted numerous seminars and workshops in communication skills, group dynamics and leadership, and behavior change strategies. Linda is a member of the Divisions of Health Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and Psychotherapy of the American Psychological Association.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Why People Exercise: Motives for Fitness

Exercise Involvement in North America
The Nature of Motives and Motivation
Review of Research on Exercise and Fitness Motives
Recurring Motives for Exercise
Reasons for Not Exercising

Chapter 2. Factors in Continued Exercise Behaviors: Exercise Adherence

The Dropout Phenomenon
Individual Factors in Exercise Adherence
Psychological Factors in Exercise Adherence
Social Factors in Exercise Adherence
Program Factors Affecting Adherence
Suggestions for Promoting Exercise Adherence

Chapter 3. Psychological Effects of Exercise

Mental Health
Stress and Tension

Chapter 4. Exercise, Fitness, and Personality

The Nature of Personality
Research Findings Regarding Exercise, Fitness, and Personality The Effects of Personality Type on Exercise and Fitness Personality Disorders Associated With Exercise
The Self-Concept
Trends in Exercise and Personality Research

Chapter 5. Theoretical Models of Exercise Behaviors

Psychological Model for Physical Activity Participation The Health Belief Model
The Exercise Behavior Model
Theory of Reasoned Action
Theory of Planned Behavior


Chapter 6. Motivating Exercise Behaviors

Intrinsic Motivation
Goal Setting
Behavioral Techniques of Motivation
Applied Motivational Techniques

Chapter 7. The Principles of Cognitive and Behavioral Change Strategies

Classical Conditioning
Operant Conditioning
Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches
Social Cognitive Theory
Application of Behavioral Change Strategies to Specific Health Concerns

Chapter 8. Counseling in the Fitness Profession

Communication Skills
Core Characteristics of the Effective Helper
Helping Models
Ethical and Professional Issues

Chapter 9. Leadership and Group Dynamics

The Structure of Groups
Group Communication
Group Conflict and Problem Solving
Group Dynamics Exercises

Chapter 10. Exercise and Special Groups

People With Coronary Heart Disease
The Obese
The Elderly
Children and Youth
People With Physical Disabilities

Author Index
Subject Index

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