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Exercise behavior in asthmatic children: effects of a summer camp fitness program in Taiwan.
Kaohsiung J Med Sci. 2008 Jun; 24(6):297-305.KJ

Abstract

This quasi experimental study aimed to examine the effects of a swimming-focused summer camp program on self-efficacy and exercise behavioral change in schoolchildren with asthma and their parental support. Forty-one asthmatic schoolchildren were recruited from a medical center and an asthma education association in southern Taiwan. The participants in the summer camp program were assigned to the experimental group; the control group comprised those who did not attend the summer camp program. Each child was paired with a parent. A total of 16 child-parent pairs in the experimental group and 25 pairs in the control group were followed-up. This 1.5-day asthma summer camp program included 20 minutes of health education in physical activity, two sessions of swimming practice for the children, and a 2-hour conference with the parents. The outcome measures included an Exercise Self-Efficacy Questionnaire, Stages of Exercise Behavior Change Questionnaire, and a Parental Support for Exercise Questionnaire. Before implementing the program, the two groups differed significantly in terms of the severity of their asthma, as well as their pre-camp test scores of exercise self-efficacy. Therefore, asthma severity levels and scores from the pre-camp exercise self-efficacy test were selected as two ANCOVA covariates. The adjusted means for stages of exercise behavior change on the 2-month post-camp test were significantly different between the two groups, F(1, 37) = 5.88 and p = 0.02. Compared with the control group, subjects who attended the summer camp reported more regular exercise behavior at the 2-month post-camp test. Thus, a summer camp program with swimming instruction can enhance the exercise behavior of schoolchildren with asthma. This program is highly recommended for managing schoolchildren with asthma.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Nursing, Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology, Tainan, Taiwan.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18635415

Citation

Lin, Hung-Liang, et al. "Exercise Behavior in Asthmatic Children: Effects of a Summer Camp Fitness Program in Taiwan." The Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences, vol. 24, no. 6, 2008, pp. 297-305.
Lin HL, Wang SY, Chen WY, et al. Exercise behavior in asthmatic children: effects of a summer camp fitness program in Taiwan. Kaohsiung J Med Sci. 2008;24(6):297-305.
Lin, H. L., Wang, S. Y., Chen, W. Y., & Chen, C. H. (2008). Exercise behavior in asthmatic children: effects of a summer camp fitness program in Taiwan. The Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences, 24(6), 297-305. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1607-551X(08)70156-6
Lin HL, et al. Exercise Behavior in Asthmatic Children: Effects of a Summer Camp Fitness Program in Taiwan. Kaohsiung J Med Sci. 2008;24(6):297-305. PubMed PMID: 18635415.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Exercise behavior in asthmatic children: effects of a summer camp fitness program in Taiwan. AU - Lin,Hung-Liang, AU - Wang,Shing-Yaw, AU - Chen,Wu-Yuan, AU - Chen,Chung-Hey, PY - 2008/7/19/pubmed PY - 2008/11/14/medline PY - 2008/7/19/entrez SP - 297 EP - 305 JF - The Kaohsiung journal of medical sciences JO - Kaohsiung J Med Sci VL - 24 IS - 6 N2 - This quasi experimental study aimed to examine the effects of a swimming-focused summer camp program on self-efficacy and exercise behavioral change in schoolchildren with asthma and their parental support. Forty-one asthmatic schoolchildren were recruited from a medical center and an asthma education association in southern Taiwan. The participants in the summer camp program were assigned to the experimental group; the control group comprised those who did not attend the summer camp program. Each child was paired with a parent. A total of 16 child-parent pairs in the experimental group and 25 pairs in the control group were followed-up. This 1.5-day asthma summer camp program included 20 minutes of health education in physical activity, two sessions of swimming practice for the children, and a 2-hour conference with the parents. The outcome measures included an Exercise Self-Efficacy Questionnaire, Stages of Exercise Behavior Change Questionnaire, and a Parental Support for Exercise Questionnaire. Before implementing the program, the two groups differed significantly in terms of the severity of their asthma, as well as their pre-camp test scores of exercise self-efficacy. Therefore, asthma severity levels and scores from the pre-camp exercise self-efficacy test were selected as two ANCOVA covariates. The adjusted means for stages of exercise behavior change on the 2-month post-camp test were significantly different between the two groups, F(1, 37) = 5.88 and p = 0.02. Compared with the control group, subjects who attended the summer camp reported more regular exercise behavior at the 2-month post-camp test. Thus, a summer camp program with swimming instruction can enhance the exercise behavior of schoolchildren with asthma. This program is highly recommended for managing schoolchildren with asthma. SN - 1607-551X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18635415/Exercise_behavior_in_asthmatic_children:_effects_of_a_summer_camp_fitness_program_in_Taiwan_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1607-551X(08)70156-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -