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Physical activity intervention: a transtheoretical model-based intervention designed to help sedentary young adults become active

Woods, Catherine and Mutrie, Nanette and Scott, Marian (2002) Physical activity intervention: a transtheoretical model-based intervention designed to help sedentary young adults become active. Health Education Research, 17 (4). pp. 451-460. ISSN 0268-1153

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Abstract

Physical activity levels in young adults are low. Research supports the use of the Transtheoretical Model of behaviour change (TM) in designing physical activity interventions. This study used a pre-post randomized control design to investigate the effectiveness of a self-instructional intervention for helping sedentary young adults to initiate physical activity. Post-intervention, significantly more of the experimental group (80%), in comparison to the control group (68%), improved their exercise stage of change (SOC) from baseline (P < 0.05). Discriminant analyses revealed that discrimination between stage improvement/non-improvement was possible using the processes of change data. Stage improvers scored significantly higher on all of the behavioral and four out of five of the cognitive processes of change. For stage improvers, the processes of self-re-evaluation and self-liberation were most frequently used, whilst social liberation was used significantly more by the experimental than the control group. This inexpensive, self-instructional intervention, based on the TM and the 'active living message', is an effective method of assisting sedentary young adults to progress through the exercise SOC.

Item type: Article
ID code: 7882
Keywords: exercise, physical activity, interventions, health, sports science, Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition , Education, Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Subjects: Medicine > Public aspects of medicine > Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Physical Activity for Health
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2009 14:54
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 15:08
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/7882

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