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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Lombard, David Neubauer
URN etd-06062008-145000
Title Improving exercise adoption :the effects of social support, personalized goal setting and feedback and prompting in a community walking program
Degree PhD
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Winett, Richard A. Committee Chair
Finney, Jack W. Committee Member
Geller, E. Scott Committee Member
Rankin, Janet L. Walberg Committee Member
Southard, Douglas R. Committee Member
  • Social interaction
Date of Defense 1993-04-29
Availability unrestricted

Assessed the effects of frequency of prompting (phone calls once a week versus once every three weeks) and content of prompting (feedback and goal setting versus "touching base") in a walking program designed to meet ACSM's cardiovascular exercise goals. Survival analysis using six months of data points and using the criteria of walking at least 20 minutes a day for a at least three times per week indicated an effect for more frequent versus less frequent prompting (50% and 15%), but not for feedback and goal setting versus "touching base" prompting (31 % and 30%). The results suggested the efficacy of frequent prompting delivered in inexpensive ways as a means to increase exercise adherence and the further parametric study of other basic behavior change strategies.

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