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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Erik H VanIterson, M.S., M.Bio(University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: This is the second edition of a book that addresses the associations between physical activity and mental health. It keeps the core foundations presented in the first edition, while updating the figures, graphs, and peer-reviewed citations.
Purpose: The aim is to present the basic fundamentals of exercise psychology as well as the current state of research in the field. This objective is important in laying the groundwork for future study in either the professional or academic setting. The authors successfully achieve their objective.
Audience: The primary audience is undergraduate students, but the book may be appropriate in the professional setting as a reference. It presents basic information on exercise psychology as well as some more advanced topics that may be more appealing to practitioners.
Features: This book contains a vast amount of information on exercise psychology as well as the inter-related fields that support it. Helpful figures and tables emphasize key points throughout. The book is organized in a thoughtful manner, so that may be read sequentially or by specific section.
Assessment: This second edition is a great contribution to the field. It contains the latest peer-reviewed citations to support the theory presented. The authors are well-respected scientists in the field and their expert contribution is welcomed. This is an easy-to-read undergraduate level textbook that sets readers up for future study in the field.