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ERIC Number: EJ1118351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0744-8481
The Effects of a Pedometer-Based Intervention on First-Year University Students: A Randomized Control Trial
Sharp, Paul; Caperchione, Cristina
Journal of American College Health, v64 n8 p630-638 2016
Objectives: To assess the effects of a 12-week pedometer-based intervention on the physical activity behavior, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and psychological well-being of first-year university students. Participants: First-year university students (N = 184) were recruited during September 2012 and randomly assigned to an intervention or a control group. Methods: Intervention participants were provided with a pedometer, monthly tracking logs, and follow-up e-mails. Control participants received no intervention. Physical activity, HRQOL, and psychological well-being were measured at baseline and post intervention. Data were analyzed using multivariate/univariate analysis of variance (MANOVA/ANOVA). Results: All participants experienced an increase in mild physical activity (p < 0.01) from baseline to follow-up. The intervention failed to produce significant differences between groups for physical activity (p = 0.28), HRQOL (p = 0.80), or psychological well-being (p = 0.72). Psychological well-being (p < 0.001), vigorous physical activity (p = 0.04), and mental health status (p < 0.001) decreased across the duration of the study. Conclusions: More intensive interventions may be required to elicit physical activity behavior change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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