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Aghamolaei T, Tavafian S S, Ghanbarnejad A. Relationship between Perceived Benefits/Barriers and Decisional Balance with Stages of Change for Physical Activity among High School Students in Bandar Abbas. Hayat. 2013; 18 (4) :69-80
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1- Dept. of Public Health, School of Health, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran
2- Health Education Department, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran , tavafian@modares.ac.ir
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Background & Aim: This study aimed to assess relationship between perceived benefits/barriers and decisional balance with stages of change for physical activity among high school students in Bandar Abbas, Iran.

Methods & Materials: This cross-sectional study was conducted in high schools of Bandar Abbas, in the south of Iran. A total of 422 high school students were selected. Twenty two participants did not fill out questionnaires completely. A total of 400 questionnaires were analyzed (response rate=94.8%). The perceived benefits/ barriers to exercise and decisional balance were assessed using the Exercise Benefits/Barriers Scale and stages of change were assessed using the Physical Activity staging. Data were analyzed in the SPSS v.16.

Results: The mean age of the participants was 15.9 (SD=1.1) ranging from 14 to 18 years. More than half of the participants (51.8%) were male and 48.2% were female. About half of the participants (49.2%) were engaged in regular physical activities. Fifteen per cent of the participants in the precontemplation stage, 15.8% in the contemplation stage, 20% in preparation stage, 15.8% in action stage, and 33.4% in maintenance stage for physical activity. From precontemplation stage to maintenance stage, the perceived benefits and decisional balance were increased and the perceived barriers was decreased.

Conclusion: The results of this study are in line with the Transtheoretical model. This model can be used as a framework to design interventions for improving physical activity in population.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Nursing Care
Published: 2013/08/21 | ePublished: 2013/08/21

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