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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Martin T. Gipson

First Committee Member

Roger C. Katz

Second Committee Member

Kenneth L. Beauchamp


The study was designed to assess the effectiveness of the use of ownership of an exercise program to enhance exercise adherence. A design using the staggered introduction of the independent variable was used as a means of assessing the effectiveness of ownership on exercise adherence. Participants exercised in two separate exercise programs during the course of the study. Measures were taken on the: (a) number of fully completed workouts, (b) number of partially completed workouts, (c) number of missed workouts, (d) rating of perceived enjoyment, and (e) rating of perceived exertion. It was expected that each participant's attendance level would become more consistent and even be somewhat higher during the ownership phase. In addition, perceived exertion and enjoyment were also expected to be more consistent. Of the 6 participants, 4 showed the expected change in at least one measure.



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