Experiences of Barriers and Facilitators for Physical Activity from People with Mental Disorders who Participated in a Physical Activity Project: - An Interview Study
Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Experiences of Barriers and Facilitators for Physical Activity from People with Mental Disorders who Participated in a Physical Activity Project
- An Interview Study
Purpose: To explore the experiences regarding perceived barriers and facilitators for physical activity of three participants with mental disorders who took part in the Norwegian Physical Activity Mentor project.
Design and methods: Descriptive qualitative design. Individual semi-structured interviews were used for data collection. Data from the interviews was used in two separate bachelor theses, written by Swedish and Norwegian physiotherapy students. This cooperation was part of the NordPlus Higher Education Program Joint Physiotherapy Education in Bachelor Thesis Module. Qualitative content analysis was used in processing the data.
Findings: Perceived barriers for physical activity were: mental disorder symptoms, antipsychotics, undertaking physical activity independently and physical experiences. Perceived facilitators for physical activity were: positive mental effects, intrinsic and extrinsic motivational factors, goal setting and routine. The experiences from the Physical Activity Mentor project, including the possibility of self-selected activities, were mainly positive. The support provided by the physical activity mentor was an important facilitator.
Conclusion: Disease-related problems were perceived as barriers for physical activity. The most important perceived facilitator for physical activity was mental benefits from being physically active. External support from a physical activity mentor might facilitate physical activity for psychiatric outpatients.
Key words: mental disorder, physical activity, barriers, facilitators, mentor
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 27 p.
mental disorder, physical activity, barriers, facilitators, mentor
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-175003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-175003DiVA: diva2:529730
Hellström, Karin, Senior lecture/PhD Physical Therapist
ProjectsNordPlus Higher Education Program Joint Physiotherapy Education in Bachelor Thesis Module