The Effects of Graphic Self-Monitoring and Comparitive Graphic Feedback on the Physical Activity Levels of Young Children
AuthorSexton, Christina Ann
AdvisorWilliams, Wilfred L.
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Self-monitoring and feedback interventions have been shown to effectively change behaviors in many fields. Recently, in increase in obesity in America has prompted the use of these methods in several studies on effective weight loss strategies. The purpose of this study is to extend that research to young children by testing the effectiveness of such methods as an early intervention to increase physical activity. A multi-element design was used to compare the effectiveness of self-monitoring of steps, as measured by a pedometer, with self-monitoring and comparative graphic feedback. Results did suggest that such procedures may be helpful in supportive higher rates of activity in young children, but limitations on the research and design were such that no conclusions could be drawn regarding their usefulness in a long-term intervention targeting such young children.