The effectiveness of ALBA: A psychological intervention, at increasing adherence to physical activity in mental health populations
ISPAH ePoster Library. Peddie N. Oct 16, 2018; 225462; 372
Nicola Peddie
Nicola Peddie
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Abstract Background:<\b>
Physical activity has been shown beneficial for physical and mental wellbeing, and has been positively linked to reducing symptoms in a broad range of mental health conditions. However, there is evidence to indicate people with mental illnesses are significantly less active than the general population. SAMH, Scotland’s largest mental health charity, has developed a behaviour change intervention, ALBA, which has been designed to specifically target individuals with mental health conditions to increase motivation and adherence to physical activity. The aim of the research is to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of a behaviour change intervention aimed at increasing adherence to physical activity. Method: Participants have been recruited through the existing exercise referral schemes in 3 areas of Scotland. Participants complete baseline and are given activity trackers, which they are asked to wear for the duration of the 16-week intervention. The intervention involves participants engaging in 1:1 cognitive behavioural sessions with their local behaviour change practitioners, prior to and throughout the intervention period. At the end of the 16 weeks, participants completed the post intervention measures and were offered the opportunity to opt into the long term study, where the measures were repeated at 6, 12 and 18 months post intervention. Qualitative data on participants’ experience of taking part and the acceptability of the intervention will be collected. Results:<\b>
Data collection is on-going, at present, 100 participants have been recruited. Preliminary results will be presented and discussed. External funding details SAMH funded this work as part of a PhD scholarship.
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