Goal conflict and the moderating effects of intention stability in intention-behavior relations : Physical activity among Hong Kong Chinese

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-55
Journal / PublicationJournal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Volume30
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

This study examined how goal conflict influences the pattern of the moderating effects of intention stability on the intention-behavior relations in the context of physical activity participation. A longitudinal study of 136 young adult students with three waves of data collection (a 2-week interval between waves) was conducted. Results showed a significant three-way interaction among intention, goal conflict, and intention stability in explaining vigorous-intensity physical activity (β = -.25, p <.05). Consistent with our expectation, the pattern of the three-way interaction, revealed that when the level of goal conflict was low, the intention-behavior relations were stronger with stable intentions and weaker with unstable intentions. However, when the level of goal conflict was high, the intention-behavior relations were weaker with stable intentions and stronger with unstable intentions. Possible underlying processes of goal conflict and intention stability on the intention-behavior relations are discussed. & 2008 Human Kinetics, Inc.

Research Area(s)

  • Exercise, Hesitation, Prioritization, Theory of planned behavior, Volitional process