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Breast Cancer. 2013 Jan;20(1):47-52. doi: 10.1007/s12282-011-0298-x. Epub 2011 Sep 10.

Self-efficacy mediates the relationship between behavioral processes of change and physical activity in older breast cancer survivors.

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Department of Exercise Science, Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY 40205, USA. ploprinzi@bellarmine.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The degree to which breast cancer survivors use behavioral processes of change has not been investigated. Additionally, the relationship between behavioral processes and other theory-based mediators of adult physical activity behavior has not been extensively studied among breast cancer survivors. The objectives of this study were to: (1) determine the extent to which breast cancer survivors use behavioral processes associated with physical activity behavior change, and (2) examine the inter-relationships between behavioral processes, self-efficacy, and physical activity behavior among breast cancer survivors.

METHODS:

Sixty-nine breast cancer survivors completed surveys examining behavioral processes and exercise-specific self-efficacy. Six months later they completed a self-report physical activity questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Findings showed the majority of breast cancer survivors did not use approximately half of the behavioral processes on a regular basis, and self-efficacy completely mediated the relationship between behavioral processes and physical activity.

CONCLUSION:

Health care professionals may help enhance self-efficacy and ultimately increase physical activity behavior in breast cancer survivors by teaching behavior skills such as enlisting social support.

PMID:
21909810
DOI:
10.1007/s12282-011-0298-x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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