Gaining qualitative insight into the subjective experiences of adherers to an exercise referral scheme

Michael John Eynon, Christopher O'Donnell, Lynn Williams

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Nine adults who had recently completed an exercise referral scheme participated in a semi-structured interview to uncover the key psychological factors associated with adherence to the scheme. Through thematic analysis an exercise identity emerged to be a major factor associated with adherence to the scheme, which was formed of a number of underpinning constructs including: changes in self-esteem, changes in self-efficacy, and changes in self-regulatory strategies. Also, an additional theme of transitions in motivation to exercise was identified, showing participants? motivation to alter from extrinsic to intrinsic reasons to exercise during the scheme.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Early online date7 Jul 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Jul 2016


  • exercise identity
  • exercise referral scheme
  • motivation
  • qualitative research
  • thematic analysis

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