Physical activity

Physical inactivity is now identified as one of the major risk factors for global mortality, including in Indonesia. Past research in Western settings have demonstrated the efficacy of self-determined or autonomous forms of motivation in predicting health-related behaviours, and that association between these variables could possibly be moderated by individual differences in mindfulness. In terms of mindfulness, individuals from different cultures may vary in their familiarity and acceptance of mindfulness in daily life. Moreover, the ways though which individuals exhibit qualities of mindfulness are often intertwined with their capacity for self-control. A large sample of Indonesian undergraduate students ( N = 411) completed self-report measures of trait mindfulness, trait self-control, autonomous motivation, and physical activity. Results indicated that association between autonomous motivation and physical activity is strengthened by trait self-control, but conversely, weakened by trait mindfulness. Cultural perspective may help explain the dynamics of mindfulness, self-control, autonomous motivation, and physical activity.

By Chairun Nissa Huwaida D., Atika Nurhidayah, Gitajiwa Sekarnusa Ganies, and Hanifah Ramadhani Sembiring (Sep 2017 – Mar 2018).

Joint supervision by Cleoputri Yusainy, Ph.D and Derwin Chan Derwin K. C. Chan, Ph.D., C.Psychol., C.Sci., AFBPsS, OSHCR (School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong).

Co-supervised by Ziadatul Hikmiah and Calvin Octavianus Anggono.

Individual articles can be downloaded here.

Physical activity

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