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Differences among exercise self-efficay, previous exercise experience and exercise behavior among fibromyalgia support group members

by Davis, Arianne M.

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AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS FOR THE MASTER OF EDUCATION DEGREE IN HEALTH PROMOTION AND EDUCATION, PRESENTED ON JANUARY 15, 2007 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI, OHIO. TITLE: DIFFERENCES AMONG EXERCISE SELF-EFFICACY, PREVIOUS EXERCISE EXPERIENCE AND EXERCISE BEHAVIOR AMONG FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP MEMBERS MASTERS COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Dr. Amy L. Bernard (Chair), Dr. Liliana Rojas- Guyler The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a difference among exercise self-efficacy, previous exercise experience and exercise behavior among fibromyalgia support group members. It was hypothesized that exercise self-efficacy would be higher among FMS support group members who currently exercise compared to those who do not, and that there would be a positive relationship between exercise participation before and after fibromyalgia diagnosis. There was a significant difference in exercise self-efficacy and exercise participation level (p < .001). Participants who exercised post-diagnosis reported better exercise self-efficacy scores than those who did not exercise. The results regarding exercise behavior before and after diagnosis indicate that fewer individuals are exercising after their diagnosis with fibromyalgia. While the data was not significant, there was an obvious trend towards exercise attrition after diagnosis, reinforcing the need to address exercise with this population. i
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

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