Acceptability, Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Computer-Tailored Physical Activity Intervention in Adolescents

Haerens, L., Deforche, B., Vandelanotte, C., Maes, L. and De Bourdeaudhuij, I. (2007) Acceptability, Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Computer-Tailored Physical Activity Intervention in Adolescents. Patient Education And Counseling, 66 3: 303-310.


Author Haerens, L.
Deforche, B.
Vandelanotte, C.
Maes, L.
De Bourdeaudhuij, I.
Title Acceptability, Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Computer-Tailored Physical Activity Intervention in Adolescents
Journal name Patient Education And Counseling   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0738-3991
Publication date 2007-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.pec.2007.01.003
Volume 66
Issue 3
Start page 303
End page 310
Total pages 8
Editor Wissow, L. S.
Finset, A.
Place of publication Clare, Ireland
Publisher Elsevier Ireland Ltd
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
321216 Health Promotion
730301 Health education and promotion
Abstract Objective: To evaluate acceptability, feasibility and effectiveness of computer-tailored physical activity education among adolescents. Methods: Two classes of 7th graders from 10 randomly selected schools were assigned to the intervention (computer-tailored intervention, n = 139) or control (no-intervention, n = 142) condition. Questionnaires were completed I week before and 3 months after the intervention. The computer-tailored intervention was completed during classes. Results: Students had few problems with the diagnostic questions and with the use of a computer. About half of the students evaluated the advice as interesting and easy to understand and about 40% as personally relevant, easy to use and credible. Half of students evaluated the advice as too long and only 33% reported to have used the advice. The computer-tailored intervention was effective for increasing school related physical activity levels with on average 25 min per week (F = 3.4, P <.05), but not for increasing total physical activity or leisure time physical activity. Conclusions: A 1-h computer-tailored intervention offered during class-time has the potential to increase school related physical activity. Practice implications: Although favourable effects of large scale implementation may be expected, some adaptations that might increase effectiveness should be investigated in the future. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
tailoring
computer
physical activity
intervention
adolescent
Nutrition Intervention
Fat Intake
Behaviors
Children
Health
Impact
Education
Efficacy
People
Girls
Q-Index Code C1
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