Protection motivation theory: is this a worthwhile theory for physical activity promotion?

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2010 Apr;38(2):91-8. doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e3181d49612.


This article reviews the published studies in the physical activity domain, which include novel hypothesis from our laboratory, that have tested Rogers' Protection Motivation Theory. Across the various population groups, the theory's coping appraisal is generally supported; however, there is limited support for the theory's threat components. Implications of these findings are discussed from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Exercise*
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Motivation*
  • Psychological Theory*
  • Risk Reduction Behavior