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Increasing physical activity through self-monitoring, goal-setting, and feedback
Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Matthew P. Normand, University of the Pacific
Document Type
Conference Presentation
Department
Psychology
Organization
Association for Behavior Analysis
Location
Chicago, IL
Conference Dates
May 23-27, 2008
Date of Presentation
5-26-2008
Abstract
Excess body weight, especially obesity, is a problem of increasing social significance. Because physical activity can both decrease body weight and prevent weight gain, it is an especially suitable target for behavioral intervention. A package intervention consisting of self-monitoring, goal-setting, and feedback was used to increase the physical activity of healthy adults. A combined multiple baseline and reversal design was arranged to evaluate the effects of the intervention the number of steps taken each day by participants, as recorded by a pedometer. The intervention increased the number of steps taken across participants, but there were no changes in participant body weight during the intervention. The results suggest that a relatively simple and low-cost intervention can be used to increase the physical activity of at least some adults.
Citation Information
Matthew P. Normand. "Increasing physical activity through self-monitoring, goal-setting, and feedback" Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/matthew-normand/94/