A Theory-Driven Approach to Encourage Physical Activity in Pediatric Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Study

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
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  • 1 Dalhousie University
  • 2 University of Calgary
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The present study examined the efficacy of a theory-based intervention designed to positively influence physical activity (PA) behavior in a group of pediatric cancer survivors. Ten survivors participated in a 16-week PA intervention that targeted the main theoretical tenets of the theory of planned behavior (TPB). Survivors were followed over a course of 1 year and completed measures of attitudes, subjective norms, perceived control, intentions for PA, and self-reported PA behavior at five different times. While the magnitude of change varied across the key theoretical constructs, it appears that the intervention had a small yet meaningful impact, particularly for overall behavioral intentions. Overall, this study provides preliminary data to suggest that the TPB may be a viable framework from which to build interventions for pediatric cancer survivors. Future research will be required to further identify and target the key elements and theoretical constructs within a behavioral intervention.

Keats is with Kinesiology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Culos-Reed is with Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.

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