Ample research exists to show the many health benefits of physical exercise and its efficacy in improving symptoms of mental illness. This quantitative study used an exploratory design to examine attitudes, barriers, and motivators that affect exercise participation by individuals with mental illness. A survey was created by the researcher using motivational interviewing concepts. The survey included questions about exercise preferences, habits, and readiness to change. The survey was distributed to 23 members of Mental Health America Los Angeles in Long Beach, California.
It was found that most participants preferred to exercise outdoors and reported already engaging in exercise on a regular basis. These findings indicate that further research should be done to assess actual exercise habits and the effects of exercise regimens among individuals with mental illness. Social workers should apply their clinical skills to encourage their clients to utilize exercise as an aspect of treatment for mental illness.
|Commitee:||Brocato, Jo, Wilson, Steve|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Social work, Health sciences|
|Keywords:||Exercise, Mental health, Mental illness, Social work, Therapy, Treatment|
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