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The relationship between personality traits and acceptability of four different eHealth strategies cooperation, social comparison, competition, and recognition, in the context of Physical Activity

Wehrmeyer, S. (2020) The relationship between personality traits and acceptability of four different eHealth strategies cooperation, social comparison, competition, and recognition, in the context of Physical Activity.

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Abstract:Physical inactivity increasingly becomes a global health problem. To counteract the associated health risks, research increasingly investigates personalized approaches towards tailoring interventions to individual needs. This study focused on personality as an individual user difference. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between adults’ personality traits, and their perceived acceptability of the four strategies cooperation, social comparison, competition, and recognition from the social support category of the PSD model in the context of physical activity (PA). An online survey was administered. The instruments used were the perceived acceptance scale, the Ten-Item Personality Inventory (TIPI), Physical Activity (PA) was measured using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ-SF). The sample was relatively young (Mage= 25.24, SDage= 7.9), physically active, and mainly German (66,85%). A Spearman’s rank correlation produced a statistically significant positive association between the personality trait conscientiousness and social comparison (r(77) = .29, p = .013). and between Extraversion and social comparison (r(77) = .25, p = .014). This study supports that individuals with increased scores on Extraversion or Conscientiousness prefer to socially compare themselves with others via fitness applications, to exercise. Future research is recommended to study the persuasive preferences of inactive adults with specific personality dimensions.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82856
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