Using the constructive narrative perspective to understand physical activity reasoning schema in sedentary adults

Matthew P. Buman, Peter R. Giacobbi, L. Daphna Yasova, Christina S. McCrae

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We used the Constructive Narrative Perspective (CNP), a three-level, progressively complex reasoning schema, to examine how individuals perceive barriers to physical activity. Sedentary adults (N = 23) aged 50 years and older (M = 65.23; SD = 6.03) participated in semi-structured interviews regarding their reasons for physical inactivity. The results provided initial support for using the CNP framework. Level II (self-relevant) and Level III (cognitive-affective schema-related) reasons were most commonly reported. Level I (evidence-based) reasons were less commonly reported. The CNP framework could become a useful tool in tailoring intervention strategies based upon progressively more complex reasoning schema.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1174-1183
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1 2009



  • Exercise behavior
  • Health behavior change
  • Older person
  • Qualitative research
  • Representation models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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