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Subject/Keyword
dualism
physical activity
counselling
theoretical orientation
psychotherapy
mind-body
counsellor
exercise
psychotherapist
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Germin, Jessie
Supervisor and department
Dr. Truscott, Derek (Educational Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Whelton, William (Educational Psychology)
Dr. Strean, Billy (Physical Education and Recreation)
Department
Department of Educational Psychology
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-08-16T18:29:32Z
Graduation date
2010-11
Degree
Master of Education
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Despite the substantial research illustrating the positive effects of physical activity on mental health, there are few studies examining the role of exercise in psychotherapy. This study examined factors associated with psychotherapists addressing physical activity with their clients. To examine this relationship, psychotherapists (N=118) completed questionnaires assessing theoretical orientation and mind-body dualism attitudes. Participants rated the likelihood they would address exercise with a client described in a case vignette and results indicated high rates of addressing physical activity with this client. The hypothesis that cognitive/behavioural and psychodymanic/psychoanalytic approaches would correlate with addressing exercise was not supported. Unpredicted relationships between exercise discussion and the humanistic/existential and constructivist/narrative/solution-focused orientations were found. The hypothesis that mind-body dualism attitudes would negatively correlate with the likelihood of addressing exercise was also not supported; however, this may be due to weak measurement of the mind-body dualism construct.
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English
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License granted by Jessie Germin (jgermin@ualberta.ca) on 2010-08-12T22:40:35Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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