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Will ‘we’ continue to exercise? The associations between group identification, identity leadership, and relational identification on group exercise class adherence

Rowe, Laura and SLATER, Matthew (2021) Will ‘we’ continue to exercise? The associations between group identification, identity leadership, and relational identification on group exercise class adherence. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. ISSN 1747-9541

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The present study sought to provide support for the roles of both the social identity approach (group identification and identity leadership) and relational identification in adherence to group exercise classes. One hundred and twenty U.K. based group exercise class attendees completed an online survey in a cross-sectional design. Group identification, perceptions of identity leadership behaviour, and relational identification were not significantly associated with length of class attendance. However, both identity leadership behaviour of the class instructor and ingroup affect (measured as an element of multi-dimensional group identification), were significantly associated with expected likelihood of continued class participation. For every 1 unit increase in the identity leadership and in-group affect measures respectively, participants were 1.9 and 2.0 times more likely to be ‘at or near 100%’ likely to continue vs not. Social identity variables were not associated with how long exercisers had been attending class, but identity leadership and ingroup affect are positive influencers of expected future adherence. Further research into the social identity approach and identity leadership behaviour regards exercise class attendance tenure vs volume is warranted and is likely to benefit from the use of multi-dimensional group identification measures.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Matthew SLATER
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2021 15:11
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2021 04:30
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6766

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