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Laura J. McGowan, Rachael Powell and David P. French

levels of physical activity among cohorts of older adults, reducing sedentary behavior remains an important target for health-related behavior change. Furthermore, interventions promoting reductions in sedentary behavior are likely to be more acceptable to older adults than interventions to promote

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Julia Rudecki, Katie Weatherson and Guy Faulkner

, factors influencing desk usage, and acceptability of a low-cost standing desk in the home environment. Methods Study Design This exploratory study aimed to understand if there was interest in using standing desks in the home environment. The evaluation was primarily qualitative consisting of interviews

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Andrea L. Hergenroeder, Bethany Barone Gibbs, Mary P. Kotlarczyk, Subashan Perera, Robert J. Kowalsky and Jennifer S. Brach

 al., 2005 ). Acceptable accuracy was defined as the activity monitor capturing ≥97% of observed steps based on industry standards ( Hatano, 1993 ). To examine activity monitor usability ratings, the percentage of subjects indicating a favorable rating (a 4 or 5 on a scale from 1 to 5) for each feature was

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Stephanie G. Kerrigan, Evan M. Forman, Mitesh Patel, Dave Williams, Fengqing Zhang, Ross D. Crosby and Meghan L. Butryn

, the role of feedback in bolstering the effects of incentives remains untested. The current study aims to address the feasibility and acceptability of deposit contracts, with and without daily feedback on behavior. In addition, we will explore the patterns of response to deposit contracts with and

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Athina Liacos, Angela T. Burge, Narelle S. Cox and Anne E. Holland

, targeting step count may be beneficial as it gives a clear and tangible indication to the individual about their level of physical activity participation ( Moy, Danilack, Okunbor, & Teylan, 2014 ; Tyo et al., 2011 ; Walker et al., 2008 ; Wilson et al., 2015 ). ActivOnline is feasible and acceptable in

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Yolanda Barrado-Martín, Michelle Heward, Remco Polman and Samuel R. Nyman

( Barnes et al., 2015 ) reported an amendment to their study protocol to implement qualitative data analysis, although results have not been reported to date. Acceptability has occasionally been reported by authors following their perceptions about participant’s satisfaction with interventions or providing

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Angela Devereux-Fitzgerald, Rachael Powell and David P. French

flies when you are having fun.” The importance of enjoyment was discussed in two recent meta-syntheses of qualitative studies, where physical activity was deemed more acceptable and relevant to older adults when perceived as enjoyable and social ( Devereux-Fitzgerald et al., 2016 ; McGowan et al., 2017

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Fabienne d’Arripe-Longueville, Karine Corrion, Stéphanie Scoffier, Peggy Roussel and Aïna Chalabaev

This study extends previous psychosocial literature (Bandura et al., 2001, 2003) by examining a structural model of the self-regulatory mechanisms governing the acceptability and likelihood of cheating in a sport context. Male and female adolescents (N = 804), aged 15–20 years, took part in this study. Negative affective self-regulatory efficacy influenced the acceptability and likelihood of cheating through the mediating role of moral disengagement, in females and males. Affective efficacy positively influenced prosocial behavior through moral disengagement or through resistive self-regulatory efficacy and social efficacy, in both groups. The direct effects of affective efficacy on beliefs about cheating were only evident in females. These results extend the findings of Bandura et al. (2001, 2003) to the sport context and suggest that affective and resistive self-regulatory efficacy operate in concert in governing adolescents’ moral disengagement and transgressive behaviors in sport.

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Tali Bar-Or, Oded Bar-Or, Heather Waters, Arif Hirji and Storm Russell

Although portable heart rate (HR) monitors are commonly used to assess energy expenditure, little is known about their suitability for preschoolers. To validate the Polar Vantage XL monitor (XL), the HRs of twenty-seven 3- to 5-year-old girls and boys were measured using the XL and ECG simultaneously. During rest, values for both methods were virtually identical (ECG = 97.3 ± 7.5, XL = 97.9 ±7.2, r = .99 for lying, and ECG = 111.1 ± 16.5, XL = 110.4± 16.3 for sitting). XL nonsignificantly underestimated HR during 1–2 min of non-steady-state cycling (ECG = 142.7 ± 11.0, XL = 140.2 ± 11.5, r = .93) and significantly overestimated it during recovery (ECG = 112.4 ± 12.8, XL = 118.0 ± 12.3, r = .92). To assess social acceptability of wearing the XL, twenty-three 3- to 5-year-old girls and boys were observed twice for 60–90 min. Approximately 90% of the time, their responses were rated as enthusiastic/positive or agreed. Only 3–5% of children refused to wear the XL. In conclusion, the XL is highly valid and socially acceptable, when used with 3- to 5-year-old children.

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Freda Vrantsidis, Keith D. Hill, Kirsten Moore, Robert Webb, Susan Hunt and Leslie Dowson

The Getting Grounded Gracefully© program, based on the Awareness Through Movement lessons of the Feldenkrais method, was designed to improve balance and function in older people. Fifty-five participants (mean age 75, 85% women) were randomized to an intervention (twice-weekly group classes over 8 wk) or a control group (continued with their usual activity) after being assessed at baseline and then reassessed 8 wk later. Significant improvement was identified for the intervention group relative to the control group using ANOVA between-groups repeated-measures analysis for the Modified Falls Efficacy Scale score (p = .003) and gait speed (p = .028), and a strong trend was evident in the timed up-and-go (p = .056). High class attendance (88%) and survey feedback indicate that the program was viewed positively by participants and might therefore be acceptable to other older people. Further investigation of the Getting Grounded Gracefully program is warranted.