Exercise is known to have a significant impact in the prevention of disease and the improvement of mental health; however, a large number of people with severe mental illness (SMI) are inactive. This study was conducted to assess the perceived benefits of and barriers to physical exercise in people with SMI and in a comparison group of college students.
A convenience sample of 65 students was compared to a convenience sample of 55 people with SMI from two outpatient mental health clinics. Self-report measures related to exercise benefit and barrier perceptions were utilized to assess differences between groups. The student group had significantly higher levels of weekly aerobic exercise (p = .003) and significantly higher perceptions of exercise (p = .019) when compared to the SMI group. The high level of physical inactivity and low exercise perception may be improved by using interventions that minimize exercise barriers and maximize benefits.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Nursing|
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