Master of Science in Nursing Theses

Date Degree Awarded


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)



Committee Chair

Sharon Christman, Ph.D., RN, FAHA

Second Committee Member

Cliff Fawcett, M.S.N., M.Ed., RN, CFNP, ATC


perceived barriers, perceived benefits, exercise, college age students


The highest rate of decline in physical activity occurs in late adolescence and early adulthood (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2000). The lack of continuation of regular physical activity from adolescence to young adulthood has impact on morbidity and mortality rates in the United States. While the reason for this decline is not fully known, numerous studies have described both the benefits and barriers to exercise. In contrast, few studies have examined changes in benefits and barriers to exercise in college-aged students as a result of participating in a physical activity intervention. The purpose of this study was to examine the perceived exercise benefits and barriers of college aged students before and after participating in regular exercise. A quasi-experimental design was used. The Exercise Benefits/Barriers Scale (EBBS) is a reliable and valid instrument, and was given to participants prior to and after completing the Physical Activity and Christian Living (PACL) class at Cedarville University. In order to increase physical exercise in young adults, it is important to understand what can affect perceived benefits and barriers of exercise in adolescents. Within this context, the perceived benefits and barriers to exercise are important mediators of exercise behavior change (Lovell, Ansari, & Parker, 2010).



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