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Improving health behaviours and outcomes: An intervention to support engagement in physical activity

Houghton, L and Knowles, ZR Improving health behaviours and outcomes: An intervention to support engagement in physical activity. Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology. ISSN 2470-4849 (Accepted)

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Abstract

The purpose of this case study is to offer reflections on the personal experiences, processes of behavioural change; and subsequent outcomes of designing and implementing a collaborative exercise psychology intervention. The intervention, based on Bandura’s (1977) Self Efficacy Theory and using self-efficacy related behaviour change techniques (Michie et al., 2015), aimed to provide families affected by health inequalities with opportunities to enhance their understanding of health and make positive behavioural changes. This case is based around one female client aged 48 years of age who took part in the project with her ten-year-old daughter. Pre- intervention the client was engaging in minimal levels of weekly physical activity and reported poor self-rated mental well-being. Through improvements in self-efficacy, achieved through opportunities on the project, the client was able to make notable improvements to her physical activity levels leading to significant weight loss and improvements in mental well-being. From the practitioners’ perspective, reflection on areas for future work within the field of exercise psychology, particularly guidance on developing effective client-practitioner relationships with ‘hard-to-reach’ individuals and groups is warranted. More consideration for the suitability of the PA guidelines for individuals with poor physical and mental health is also required.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 10:43
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2017 10:43
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7260

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