Prosocial Behavior and Exercise Among Older Adults
Recruitment status was: Recruiting
|Health-Related Quality of Life Physical Activity Physical Function||Behavioral: Prosocial Behavior Physical Activity (PBPA) Behavioral: Physical Exercise (PE)|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Prosocial Behavior and Exercise Among Older Adults|
- Self-reported physical activity [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3 and 9 months ]
- Physical function, health-related quality of life [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3 and 9 months ]
|Study Start Date:||December 2008|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||June 2010|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||June 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Behavioral: Prosocial Behavior Physical Activity (PBPA)
The PBPA condition involves a center-based cognitive-behavioral intervention to teach participants the behavioral skills to engage in long-term (9-month) independent physical activity; delivered three times a week months 1-3; independent physical activity months 4-9. PBPA participants also earn boxes of food for donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) of Northwest North Carolina based upon their weekly physical activity.
|Active Comparator: PE||
Behavioral: Physical Exercise (PE)
The PE condition is a center-based cognitive-behavioral intervention to teach participants the behavioral skills to engage in long-term (9-month) independent physical activity; delivered three times a week months 1-3; independent physical activity months 4-9.
Although only a small percentage of older adults engage in habitual physical activity, previous studies have demonstrated interventions that include cognitive-behavioral strategies can enhance long-term, independent physical activity. In addition, there are episodic charity events, such as charity walks, that attract large numbers of participants of all age ranges to engage in moderate-intensity physical activity. These actions are a form of prosocial behavior, defined as voluntary, intentional behavior that results in benefits for another. The opportunity to help others seems to be a motive in inspiring these individuals to at least engage in one session of moderate physical activity. Thus, the current research project contemplates whether prosocial behavior may be implemented as a viable behavioral incentive for long-term physical activity.
Both the Prosocial Behavior Physical Activity (PBPA) group and the Physical Exercise (PE) group will receive a cognitive-behavioral intervention to teach participants the behavioral skills necessary to engage in long-term (9-month) independent physical activity. Both programs will provide supervised exercise sessions so that participants learn how to safely and effectively engage in physical activity, and both programs will help participants set goals for activity and overcome barriers to exercise. However, in PBPA group, participants will be able to also earn boxes of food for donation to a charity based upon their physical activity.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00747019
|Contact: Carol Massa-Fanale, MSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Susan J. Harrisemail@example.com|
|United States, North Carolina|
|Wake Forest University School of Medicine||Recruiting|
|Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States, 27127|
|Contact: Carol Massa-Fanale 336-716-3589 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Susan J. Harris 336-713-4244 email@example.com|
|Principal Investigator: Capri G. Foy, PhD, MS|
|Principal Investigator:||Capri G. Foy, PhD, MS||Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine|