Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Health care program: Intervention for sexually violent persons' obesity and free time boredom levels
by Steffen, Lisa M., M.S., Western Illinois University, 2013, 75; 1544073
Abstract (Summary)

This research evaluates a health care program's effect on obesity, some associated health issues and boredom level of a special population of sexually violent persons in a restricted environment. The use of a simple pre-post test experimental design evaluated the Body Mass Index (BMI), free time boredom, blood pressure and health diagnoses of the participants. A health and fitness program by the name of Health Care Fitness (HCU) Program with a 12 week education course was the intervention in this study. The participants' BMI, free time boredom, blood pressure and health diagnoses were evaluated at the beginning and the end of the 12 week education course. No statistical significance was found in any of these areas which may be due to the small sample size and time of data collection. The Free Time Boredom Assessment (Ragheb and Merydith, 1995) indicated an average level of low normal free time boredom for this population. Even though no statistical significance was reached, the experimental group participants displayed a greater decrease in blood pressure compared to the control group. This research offers an example of a study conducted on a unique population.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Yoder, Daniel G.
Commitee: Bednarz, Michael, Carter, Marcia J.
School: Western Illinois University
Department: Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 52/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Health sciences, Recreation
Keywords: Fitness, Free-time boredom, Health, Obesity, Sexually violent persons
Publication Number: 1544073
ISBN: 978-1-303-33401-6
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