Promoting health behaviour in Portuguese children via Short Message Service: The efficacy of a text-messaging programme.

Auteur(s) :
Silva C., Fassnacht DB., Ali K., Gonçalves S., Conceição E., Vaz A., Crosby RD., Machado PP.
Date :
Juin, 2015
Source(s) :
Journal of health psychology. #20:6 p806-815
Adresse :
Psychotherapy and Psychopathology Research Unit, CIPsi, School of Psychology, University of Minho, Portugal.

Sommaire de l'article

A Short Message Service programme was adapted to monitor three health behaviours and provide supportive feedback. The study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the programme to increase fruit/vegetable consumption and physical activity and to decrease screen time. A total of 139 Portuguese children, aged 8-10 years, grouped by classroom, were randomly assigned to an intervention (8 weeks of monitoring/feedback) or a control condition. Participants had their key behaviours assessed at baseline, post-intervention and follow-up. A three-level hierarchical linear model was developed. Results showed that the monitoring and feedback programme significantly increased fruit and vegetable consumption over time.

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