The Social Sciences

Year: 2016
Volume: 11
Issue: 15
Page No. 3688 - 3691

Predicting Factors Related to Regular Physical Activity among Iranian Medical College Student: An Application of Health Belief Model

Authors : Farzad Jalilian, Amin Karami Matin, Mohammad Mahboubi, Shoeib Rahimi, Zahra Fazel, Touraj Ahmadi Juibari and Shiva Khashij

Abstract: One of the important problems in modern society is inactivity. The aim of this study was to determine factors associated with regular physical activity among college students based on Health Belief Model (HBM). This study was a cross-sectional study carried out on 350 students in Kermanshah University of medical sciences. Based on the assignment among different schools, classified sampling method was chosen for data gathering using a questionnaire in three parts including: demographic information, constructs of HBM model and standard International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). Data were analyzed by SPSS-21 and using bivariate correlations and logistic regression at 95% significant level. Based on the results, 58.3% had low, 31.7 moderate and 10% vigorous physical activity. Among the HBM constructs: perceived barrier (OR = 0.745) and perceived self-efficacy (OR = 2.414) were the more influential predictor on physical activity. Furthermore, among the background variables: male gender (OR = 3.431) and living in dormitory (OR = 3.872) were major factors to predict physical activity among the college students. The findings of the present study indicated that self-efficacy and reduction of perceived barriers in students had a more effective role in doing regular physical activity.

How to cite this article:

Farzad Jalilian, Amin Karami Matin, Mohammad Mahboubi, Shoeib Rahimi, Zahra Fazel, Touraj Ahmadi Juibari and Shiva Khashij, 2016. Predicting Factors Related to Regular Physical Activity among Iranian Medical College Student: An Application of Health Belief Model. The Social Sciences, 11: 3688-3691.

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