Implicit attitudes towards exercise and physical activity behaviour among in-patients with psychiatric disorders

Gerber, Markus and Ehrbar, Janine and Brand, Ralf and Antoniewicz, Franziska and Brand, Serge and Colledge, Flora and Donath, Lars and Egger, Stephan T. and Hatzinger, Martin and Holsboer-Trachsler, Edith and Imboden, Christian and Schweinfurth, Nina and Vetter, Stefan and Ludyga, Sebastian. (2018) Implicit attitudes towards exercise and physical activity behaviour among in-patients with psychiatric disorders. Mental health and physical activity, 15. pp. 71-77.

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The current body of evidence suggests that in healthy participants, implicit attitudes towards physical activity explain variance in exercise behaviour beyond explicit cognitive processes. However, such relationships have not been examined in psychiatric patients, although this may contribute to a better understanding of the motivational and volitional resources needed to self-regulate their exercise behaviour. Therefore, the present cross-sectional study aimed to assess implicit attitudes towards exercise among psychiatric in-patients, and to correlate these implicit attitudes with their physical activity levels. Patients (N = 101) showing a psychiatric disorder, but no severe cognitive impairment, were directly recruited from psychiatric clinics. Their physical activity levels were assessed using both accelerometers and self-reports. Additionally, patients reported psychiatric symptoms and performed a single-target implicit association test (ST-IAT) with exercise employed as the target category. Of all patients, 39% showed a preference for exercise, whereas 13% showed an aversion towards exercise. The implicit attitudes of the remaining participants were equally strong for both concepts. Based on correlational analysis (correcting for age, sex, psychiatric symptoms severity, and ST-IAT sequence), no association was found between ST-IAT score, or self-reported and objectively assessed physical activity. Consequently, the link between exercise behaviour and implicit attitudes towards physical activity found in healthy participants could not be observed in psychiatric patients.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Sport, Bewegung und Gesundheit > Bereich Sportwissenschaft > Sportwissenschaften (Pühse)
UniBasel Contributors:Gerber, Markus and Brand, Serge and Colledge, Flora and Ludyga, Sebastian
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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