A study of the Health-promoting behavioral effects of an exercise educational intervention in adult diabetics
The purpose of this study was to investigate if using a health promotion approach when teaching adult diabetics the importance of exercise would have a positive effect on the healthy behaviors in which they engage and increase exercise participation, The framework of the study was guided by the Pender (1987) Health Promotion Model.
The design was a quasi-experimental, pre-test post-test design. Participants were volunteers from diabetic education support group classes at four hospitals (n = 95). The majority were Caucasians and possessed at least a high school education. The independent variable was the exercise teaching intervention and dependent variables were health promotion and exercise behaviors. Health promotion behavior was measured by the Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile (Walker, Sechrist, and Pender, 1987); exercise behavior was measured by The Physical Functioning subscale of the MOS 36-Item Health Survey (Ware and Sherbourne, 1992) and a one-item question on exercise behavior change.
Pearson Product Moment Correlation was used to examine relationships. The findings indicate that there is a correlation between post-health promotion scores (PHPLP) and post-physical functioning (