The effectiveness of participant–centered physical activity counseling on the physical activity level of sedentary working women

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2009
Altun, Özkan
The purposes of this study were to test the effect of four-week PACE© program in increasing participants’ physical activity level and stages of change and examine the relationship between physical activity level and stages of change. A controlled trial, experimental design was applied. Physical activity level and stages of change were recorded at baseline and at study conclusion. For the data collection What is Your PACE Score Questionnaire, FADA Questionnaire and Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR–Q) were used. Descriptive statistics, one way repeated measures of ANOVA and simple linear correlation were used to analyze data. Participants were 182 women Middle East Technical University personnel from different units. Study participants were randomized into intervention and control groups. 87 women received the PACE© program were compared 95 women in the control group who did not receive PACE© program. The intervention group received PACE© program with respect to their stages and a booster phone call or e-mail two weeks later after counseling. After 4 weeks, all participants were reassessed for stages of change and physical activity level. There was a significant difference in measurement of physical activity level and stages of change between intervention and control group before and after intervention. The intervention group’ physical activity level (p < .05) and stages of change (p < .10) increased but the control group decreased. Besides, changes in physical activity level were moderately and positively correlated with stages of change.

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Ö. Altun, “The effectiveness of participant–centered physical activity counseling on the physical activity level of sedentary working women,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2009.