University of Twente Student Theses


Online afvallen : analyse van drie interventies

Nederend, S.M.P. (2009) Online afvallen : analyse van drie interventies.

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Abstract:Purpose: The goal of this thesis is to examine whether online interventions for weight reduction provide a good alternative for the regular care provided. A descriptive analysis is made about the users’ traits and to which requirements the intervention has to meet. Methods: The research consists of interviews with developers of three websites and questionnaires filled out by 91 users. Questions are about the various elements that are important for weight reduction. The subscales neuroticism and conscientiousness of the NEO-FFI are collected to measure these personality traits in the population. The CES-D is used to measure depression and the SUS to measure the usability of the websites. Findings: Findings indicate that existing online interventions are yet too impersonal and too little concerned with the psychological aspect of eating. Besides this, users are satisfied with the current content of these websites. Participants score average on neuroticism, but below average on conscientiousness, thus self-discipline and above average on depression. It is important to take these psychological factors into account. Conclusion: In general the users are satisfied with the existing online interventions. Still there is room for improvement. Especially in the domain of personal contact with an expert and integration of nutrition, diet and exercise and psychological problems.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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