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Promoting Exercise Adherence Through Groups

A Self-Categorization Theory Perspective

Beauchamp, Mark R.

Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews: January 2019 - Volume 47 - Issue 1 - p 54–61
doi: 10.1249/JES.0000000000000177

The hypothesis presented in this paper is that adherence to exercise programs can be understood, and fostered through intervention, by considering how social identities form within group settings. This paper explains these processes from a self-categorization theory perspective.

The psychological processes by which people develop social identities in groups can be used to understand and inform exercise interventions.

School of Kinesiology, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Address for correspondence: Mark R. Beauchamp, Ph.D., School of Kinesiology, The University of British Columbia, 122-6081 University Blvd, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z1, Canada (E-mail:

Accepted for publication: October 10, 2018.

Editor: Ryan E. Rhodes, Ph.D.

© 2019 American College of Sports Medicine