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ERIC Number: EJ894316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0031-8981
Incorporating a Spiritual Component into the Health Education Aspects of a Physical (Activity) Education Program
Leopold, Debra; Juniu, Susana
Physical Educator, v65 n4 p208-221 Win 2008
While spiritual health has been gaining respect among researchers and academic scholars as a vital component of human wellness, little research has focused on the implementation and assessment of spiritual education in public schools. The present study examined the effects of spiritual health education on students' ability to choose positive health behaviors in a physical and health education program using the Sport Education Model (Siedentop, 1994). Twenty-two seventh grade students received six weeks of spiritual health training and 25 additional students served received a traditional curriculum as a control group. Pre and post intervention measures of health behavior were obtained for both groups using the Health-Promoting Lifestyle Profile II (Walker, Sechrist, & Pender, 1987). At the end of the intervention, follow-up questions were conducted to examine possible effects spiritual training may have for long-term development of positive health behaviors. Results showed that overall health behavior was not significantly different after the six-week training period, regardless of training groups. However, the results showed a significant interaction effect of the intervention curriculum (spiritual vs. traditional) and time (pre and post) on overall health behavior and interpersonal relations. Follow up questions uncovered positive behavioral modifications in response to the spiritual health training. In summary, outcomes indicate subjects were responding favorably to the spiritual health education and may suggest that an extended training period would successfully help students choose positive health behaviors. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A