Physical activity in women : effects of a self-regulation intervention


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STADLER, Gertraud, Gabriele OETTINGEN, Peter M. GOLLWITZER, 2009. Physical activity in women : effects of a self-regulation intervention. In: American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 36(1), pp. 29-34. ISSN 0749-3797. eISSN 1873-2607

@article{Stadler2009-01Physi-1390, title={Physical activity in women : effects of a self-regulation intervention}, year={2009}, doi={10.1016/j.amepre.2008.09.021}, number={1}, volume={36}, issn={0749-3797}, journal={American Journal of Preventive Medicine}, pages={29--34}, author={Stadler, Gertraud and Oettingen, Gabriele and Gollwitzer, Peter M.} }

Stadler, Gertraud Oettingen, Gabriele Gollwitzer, Peter M. Gollwitzer, Peter M. Stadler, Gertraud deposit-license 2011-03-23T09:25:05Z Oettingen, Gabriele 2011-03-23T09:25:05Z 2009-01 eng Physical activity in women : effects of a self-regulation intervention Background: A physically active lifestyle during midlife is critical to the maintenance of high physical functioning. This study tested whether an intervention that combined information with cognitive-behavioral strategies had a better effect on women's physical activity than an inforination-only intervention.<br />Setting and participants: 256 women aged 30-50 years in a large metropolitan area in Germany.Design: A 4-month longitudinal RCT comparing two brief interventions was conducted between july 2003 and September 2004. Analyses were completed in June 2008.<br />Intervention: The study compared a health information intervention with an information + self-regulation intervention. All participants received the same information intervention; participants in the information + self-regulation group additionally learned a technique that integrates mental contrasting with implementation intentions.<br />Main outcome measures: Self-reported minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week.<br />Results: Participants in the information + self-regulation group were twice as physically active (i.e., nearly I hour more per week) as participants in the information group. This difference appeared as early as the first week after intervention and was maintained over the course of the 4 months. Participants in the information group slightly increased their baseline physical activity after intervention.<br />Conclusions: Women who learned a self-regulation technique during an information session were substantially more active than women who participated in only the information session. The self-regulation technique should be tested further as a tool for increasing the impact of interventions on behavioral change. First publ. in: American Journal of Preventive Medicine ; 36 (2009), 1. - pp. 29-34

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