Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Using Self-Monitoring and Goal Setting to Increase Swimming in Adults
by Abraham, Sarah R., M.A., University of South Florida, 2015, 46; 1595802
Abstract (Summary)

Many people in the United States do not engage in the recommended levels of physical activity. Self-management strategies, including self-monitoring and goal setting, are among the interventions that have been used to increase physical activity in adults. Visual feedback has also been incorporated into interventions to increase physical activity. Minimal research has focused on increasing swimming behavior. The current study investigated the effectiveness of self-management strategies to increase swimming activity in adults. An automated recording device (watch) was used to collect data on participants’ swimming behavior. The effect of self-monitoring in the form of a self-graphing intervention to increase swimming activity was evaluated. If self-graphing alone was not effective, goal setting was added to the intervention. Three participants showed an increase in swimming activity when self-graphing was implemented. Two participants showed little or no change in activity across all phases. This study did not include any reinforcement contingencies for engaging in an increase in swimming activity. Future research directions are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Miltenberger, Raymond
Commitee: Bloom, Sarah, Schonfeld, Lawrence
School: University of South Florida
Department: Child and Family Studies
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology
Keywords: Behavior analysis, Goal setting, Physical activity, Self-monitoring, Swimming
Publication Number: 1595802
ISBN: 978-1-321-95357-2
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