Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Evaluating Public Posting, Goal Setting, and Rewards to Increase Physical Activity in Children
by Miller, Bryon Gabriel, Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2020, 110; 28024659
Abstract (Summary)

In Experiments 1 and 2 we evaluated a pedometer-based intervention consisting of public posting between two teams of students, with additional self-monitoring, goal setting, and reinforcement components, to increase physical activity during school recess. In the absence of self-monitoring, performance feedback alone did not increase physical activity levels above those observed during baseline. Additionally, higher levels of physical activity were observed when goal-setting was introduced, with the highest levels of activity observed when raffle tickets could be earned for exceeding a specified step-total goal. In Experiment 3 we removed the team component and evaluated similar intervention components across an entire class, as well as in individual participants. Additionally, session duration was extended to encompass whole-day, 24-hr sessions. As with Experiments 1 and 2, the highest levels of physical activity were observed when components of self-monitoring, public posting, goal setting, and feedback with reward were applied concurrently.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Miltenberger, Raymond G.
Commitee: Crosland, Kimberly, Gray, Heewon, Keating, Amanda
School: University of South Florida
Department: Child and Family Studies
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-B 82/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Behavioral Sciences, Public health
Keywords: Applied behavior analysis, Obesity, Pedometer, Physical activity
Publication Number: 28024659
ISBN: 9798662585539
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