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Move Well, Feel Good: Feasibility and acceptability of a school-based motor competence intervention to promote positive mental health

Fairclough, S, Clifford, L, Knowles, Z, Boddy, L, Ashworth, E and Tyler, R (2024) Move Well, Feel Good: Feasibility and acceptability of a school-based motor competence intervention to promote positive mental health. PLoS One, 19 (6). ISSN 1932-6203

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BACKGROUND: In response to the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown measures Move Well, Feel Good (MWFG) was developed as a school intervention using improvement of motor competence as a mechanism for promoting positive mental health. Study objectives were to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of MWFG and to describe changes in child-level outcomes. METHODS: Five northwest England primary schools were recruited. MWFG was delivered over 10-weeks through physical education (PE) lessons, which were supplemented by optional class-time, break-time, and home activities. The intervention focused on development of 9-10 year-old children's motor competence in locomotor, object control, and stability skills, and psychosocial skills. Feasibility was evaluated against nine pre-defined criteria using surveys, interviews (teachers), and focus groups (children). Pre- and post-intervention assessments of motor competence, mental health, prosocial behaviour, wellbeing, and 24-hour movement behaviours were also completed. RESULTS: The five recruited schools represented 83% of the target number, 108 children consented (54% of target) with teachers recruited in all schools (100% of target). Intervention dose was reflected by 76% of the 45 scheduled PE lessons being delivered, and adherence was strong (>85% of children attending ≥75% of lessons). Positive indicators of acceptability were provided by 86% of children, 83% of PE teachers, and 90% of class teachers. Data collection methods were deemed acceptable by 91% of children and 80% of class teachers, and children spoke positively about participating in the data collection. Child-level outcome data collection was completed by 65%-97% of children, with a 3%-35% attrition rate at post-intervention, depending on measure. Favourable changes in motor competence (+13.7%), mental health difficulties (-8.8%), and prosocial behaviour (+7.6%) were observed. CONCLUSIONS: MWFG is an acceptable and feasible motor competence intervention to promote positive mental health. Content and delivery modifications could inform progression to a pilot trial with a more robust design.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Child; Male; Female; Mental Health; Feasibility Studies; Schools; COVID-19; Motor Skills; Physical Education and Training; England; Health Promotion; SARS-CoV-2; General Science & Technology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Public Library of Science
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2024 15:56
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 16:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1371/journal.pone.0303033
Editors: Tilga, H
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23483
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