The Use of Exercise in Mental Health Care
American Journal of Nursing Science
Volume 4, Issue 2-1, March 2015, Pages: 16-21
Received: Nov. 13, 2014; Accepted: Nov. 18, 2014; Published: Nov. 29, 2014
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Ziogou Theologia, Department of Nursing, Alexander Technological Educational Institute ofThessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
Fradelos Evangelos, 3rd Psychiatric Department, State Mental Hospital of Attica “Daphne”, Athens, Greece
Kourkouta Lambrini, Department of Nursing, Alexander Technological Educational Institute ofThessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
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Aim of the present research was planned to examine: a) the perceptions of professionals of mental health with regard to the use of physical activity when working with patients with psychiatric disorders and b) to study professionals’ decisive factors for the promotion of physical activity in the working context. Material and Method: The sample of the research constituted of 173 professionals of mental health (men N = 52, women N = 121) from the state Psychiatric Hospital and other Mental health services in the area of The ssaloniki. Results: The Correlation Analysis showed that the intention is connected positively with the positive effect of physical activity (r = .49), the role of personal physical exercise ( r = .46), the relation between physical and mental health ( r = .33), weaker correlations were found with the negative effect of physical exercise ( r = .28) and with the convictions of control ( r = -.26).Regression Analysis showed that the professionals attitudes towards physical activity, as well as the role of personal physical exercise, constitute important predicting factors for their intention the promotion of physical activity (34%).On the other hand, the promotion in their working place, was very small, since 76% of them could not promote any physical activity at all. Conclusions: The promotion of physical activity from the mental health professionals depends so much on their personal positive opinions for the physical activity, but also from their personal evaluation of behavior and the availability of resources.
Physical Activity, Psychiatric Disorder, Planned Behavior, Mental Health Professionals, Convictions of Control
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Ziogou Theologia, Fradelos Evangelos, Kourkouta Lambrini, The Use of Exercise in Mental Health Care, American Journal of Nursing Science. Special Issue: Mental Health Care: Aspects, Challenges and Perspectives. Vol. 4, No. 2-1, 2015, pp. 16-21. doi: 10.11648/j.ajns.s.2015040201.14
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