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amuj 2013, 15(9): 61-71 Back to browse issues page
The relationship between self-efficacy and stage of change and physical activity behavior in postpartum women
Nasrin Roozbahani, Fazlallah Ghofranipour , Hossein Eftekhar Ardabili, Ebrahim Hajizadeh
Associate Professor Tarbiat Modares University , e-mail: ghofranf@modares.ac.ir
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Background: Postpartum women are a population at risk for sedentary life. Previous studies have shown that self-efficacy is an important determinant of stage of change and exercise adherence. This study evaluates the relationship between self-efficacy and stage of change and physical activity (PA) behavior in Iranian mothers. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 300 postpartum mothers were selected randomly from all health centers in Arak. The instruments used in this study included the 7-day PA recall, stages of exercise adoption tool, and self-efficacy for exercise scale. Data analysis was performed using SPSS software. Results: Ninety-one percent of the participants were in the pre-contemplation, contemplation, and preparation stages of change. Mean score for moderate PA was 38.94±40.5 minutes a week. Significant relationships were found between the stages of PA behavior change and METs of weekly energy expenditure from moderate activities (r=0.60, P<0.001). Also, statistically significant relationships were found between self-efficacy and the stages of PA behavior change (r=0.50, P<0.001) weekly energy expenditure from moderate activities (r=0.40, P<0.001), and pre-pregnancy PA behavior (r=0.39, P<0.001). Conclusion: The level of PA of the participants was less than the recommended minimum level for regular PA behavior (150 minutes of moderately intense PA per week). In this population, self-efficacy plays an important role in PA behavior and it should be taken into consideration in designing interventions for improving PA behavior.
Keywords: Physical activity, postpartum women, self-efficacy, stage of change
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Type of Study: Original Atricle | Subject: Health
Received: 2012/02/26 | Accepted: 2012/09/11
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Roozbahani N, Ghofranipour F, Eftekhar Ardabili H, Hajizadeh E. The relationship between self-efficacy and stage of change and physical activity behavior in postpartum women. amuj. 2013; 15 (9) :61-71
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