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Text Messages, Self-Efficacy Theory, Mobile Phone, Pedometer, Physical Activity, exercise
Health Information Technology | Preventive Medicine | Sports Medicine
The purpose of this study is to determine which added features of a mobile-based pedometer intervention are most effective at promoting exercise self-efficacy and increasing levels of physical activity. The research question is: does combining a pedometer mobile app with goal-setting and encouraging messages or encouraging messages alone increase physical activity levels and perceived exercise self-efficacy in adults more than a pedometer mobile app on its own? The encouraging messages are meant to address the verbal encouragement source of self-efficacy, and the goal-setting messages are intended to address both the verbal encouragement and the performance accomplishment sources of self-efficacy. It is hypothesized that the intervention group receiving the goal-setting with encouraging messages will report the highest increase in physical activity levels and perceived exercise self-efficacy levels compared to the verbal encouragement only group or the pedometer only group. It is also expected that the verbal encouragement only group will have better outcomes than the pedometer only group in terms of physical activity levels and perceived exercise self-efficacy.
Sell, Tiffany, "Combining Text Messages Based on Self-Efficacy Theory With a Mobile Phone-Based Pedometer to Promote Physical Activity" (2016). Honors Projects. 35.