Self-efficacy manipulation and state anxiety responses to exercise in low active women

David X. Marquez, Gerald J. Jerome, Edward McAuley, Erin M. Snook, Steriani Canaklisova

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The present study manipulated self-efficacy in an exercise context and examined its effect on the state anxiety of low active women. Participants (N = 59) were randomly assigned to a low or high efficacy condition, and self-efficacy was manipulated by presentation of computer-generated false feedback after a graded exercise test. Participants returned for a second exercise bout several days later. Efficacy was successfully manipulated and participants in the high efficacy condition reported significantly less anxiety than those in the low efficacy condition both after the graded exercise test and before and after an acute bout of exercise. Results are discussed in terms of the effect of exercise intensity and manipulation condition on anxiety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)783-791
Number of pages9
JournalPsychology and Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Physical activity
  • Self-efficacy
  • State anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • General Psychology


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