ERIC Number: EJ885871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
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Preliminary Evidence that Self-Efficacy Predicts Physical Activity in Multiple Sclerosis
Motl, Robert W.; McAuley, Edward; Doerksen, Shawna; Hu, Liang; Morris, Katherine S.
International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, v32 n3 p260-263 Sep 2009
Individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) are less physically active than nondiseased people. One method for increasing physical activity levels involves the identification of factors that correlate with physical activity and that are modifiable by a well designed intervention. This study examined two types of self-efficacy as cross-sectional and prospective correlates of objectively measured physical activity in 16 individuals with a diagnosis of MS. The participants completed two measures of self-efficacy and then wore an accelerometer for a 5-day period at baseline and then at 3 months follow-up. Self-efficacy for continued physical activity was associated with baseline and follow-up levels of physical activity. Self-efficacy for overcoming barriers was associated with follow-up levels of physical activity and change in physical activity across a 3-month period. Researchers should consider self-efficacy as a possible component of an intervention that is designed to increase physical activity levels in those with MS.
Descriptors: Intervention, Physical Activities, Self Efficacy, Physical Activity Level, Neurological Impairments, Diseases, Prediction, Case Studies, Measures (Individuals)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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