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

Silva, Cátia, Fassnacht, Daniel B., Ali, Kathina, Gonçalves, Sónia, Conceicao, Eva, Vaz, Ana, Crosby, Ross D., and Machado, Paulo P.P. (2015) Promoting health behaviour in Portuguese children via Short Message Service: the efficacy of a text-messaging programme. Journal of Health Psychology, 20 (6). pp. 806-815.

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Abstract

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 8-10years, grouped by classroom, were randomly assigned to an intervention (8weeks 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.

Item ID: 41705
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1461-7277
Keywords: children, health promotion, healthy behaviours, technology
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 18:14
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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