Motivational readiness for active commuting by university students : incentives and barriers

Cole, Rachel, Leslie, Eva, Donald, Maria, Cerin, Ester, Neller, Anne and Owen, Neville 2008, Motivational readiness for active commuting by university students : incentives and barriers, Health promotion journal of Australia, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 210-215.

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Title Motivational readiness for active commuting by university students : incentives and barriers
Author(s) Cole, Rachel
Leslie, Eva
Donald, Maria
Cerin, Ester
Neller, Anne
Owen, Neville
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia
Volume number 19
Issue number 3
Start page 210
End page 215
Total pages 6
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Place of publication West Perth, W.A.
Publication date 2008-12
ISSN 1036-1073
Summary Issue addressed: Walking for transport can contribute significantly to health enhancing physical activity. We examined the associations of stages of motivational readiness for active transport with perceived barriers and incentives to walking to and from university among students. Methods: Mail-back surveys were completed by 781 students in a regional university in southeast Queensland. They identified one of eight options on motivational readiness for active commuting, which were then classified as: pre-contemplation; contemplation-preparation; or, action-maintenance. Open-ended questions were used to identify relevant barriers and incentives. Logistic regressions were used to examine the barriers and incentives that distinguished between those at different stages of motivational readiness. Results: Barriers most frequently reported were long travel distances, inconvenience and time constraints. Incentives most frequently reported were shorter travel distance, having more time, supportive infrastructure and better security. Those not considering active commuting (pre-contemplation) were significantly more likely to report shorter travel distance as an incentive compared to those in contemplation-preparation. Those in contemplation-preparation were significantly more likely to report lack of motivation, inadequate infrastructure, shorter travel distance and inconvenience as barriers; and, having more time, supportive infrastructure, social support and incentive programs as encouragement. Conclusions: Different barriers and incentives to walking to or from university exist for students in the different stages of motivational readiness for active commuting. Interventions targeted specifically to stage of motivational readiness may be potentially helpful in increasing activity levels, through active transport.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Australian Health Promotion Association
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