College

College of Health Professions (CHP)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-05 10:39:12

Major

Exercise Science - PrePhysical Therapy

Honors Course

5550:430

Number of Credits

2

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020

Abstract

There are positive benefits to group exercise, such as motivation and improved performance. However, strength training poses a gender disparity, with less participation among females. Changing Health, Attitudes, + Actions to Recreate Girls (CHAARG) is a student organization to empower females to reach health goals by participating in a comprehensive fitness program. Purpose: This investigation explores female college students’ views of their experience in CHAARG. Understanding how to engage more women in strength training and healthy lifestyles may fuel increased adherence rates. Methods: Q methodology will be used to investigate the viewpoints of female students’ members in a large Midwest university. Students will read statements related to strength training and health and how CHAARG plays a role in this. Using a Q-sort grid, statements will be ranked from +5 (most like my view) to -5 (most unlike my view) in conjunction with open-ended qualitative questions in the post-sort survey. Results: Data analysis will be analyzed using factor analysis software. Qualitative data from the post-sort survey will investigate major themes. Conclusion: Empowering women to explore strength training is the goal of CHAARG. This exploratory project will propel research into the benefits of campus involvement in CHAARG.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Laura Richardson

First Reader

Prof Carrie Fister

Second Reader

Dr. Susan Ramlo

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Laura Richardson

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