Guided physical activity for depression: a randomized controlled trial of an internet administered treatment
Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Physical activity has been shown to be an effective treatment for depression. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate an Internet--‐administered self--‐help treatment for depression, based on physical activity. The structure of the program was planned, relevant literature was collected and the treatment modules were written by the authors. 48 participants with mild to moderate depression, diagnosed using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM--‐IV Axis I disorders, were randomized to a treatment or a waiting--‐list control group. The main outcome measure for depression was the Montgomery--‐Asberg Depression Rating Scale: Self Rating Version and physical activity level was measured using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. The treatment program consisted of nine text modules with therapist guidance. The results showed a significant improvement of depressive symptoms in the treatment group compared to the control, with a moderate effect size (d = 0.61). No difference was found between the groups in physical activity level. The program seems to be an effective treatment for depression. The results are discussed along with an evaluation of the benefits and limitations of the program.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 41 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-59779Archive number: PPid-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-59779DiVA: diva2:556577
Subject / course
Examensarbete i psykologi
Masters Programme in Sports Psychology
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Olofsson, Åke, Professor