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Effectiviteit van de interventie 'Scoren met Gezondheid' op het gebied van fysiologische en gedragsmatige veranderingen

Müller, P. A. M. (2016) Effectiviteit van de interventie 'Scoren met Gezondheid' op het gebied van fysiologische en gedragsmatige veranderingen.

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Abstract:In the Netherlands, socioeconomic health differences are a problem, this means that people with a lower socioeconomic status have reduced health and live an unhealthy lifestyle. In particular, common features include obesity, high blood pressure, an unhealthy diet and a lack of physical movement. With the existence of deprived neighbourhoods and a rise in people with low SES this creates a regional accumulation of individuals with health disadvantages. Recently, in order to tackle this development, more incentives are being initiated. One of these incentives is the lifestyle-intervention “Scoring with health”, developed by the neighbourhoods of Pathmos and Stevenfenne in Enschede and implemented by the ROC van Twente. Through a study of the effectiveness of the intervention “scoring for Health”, key parts were identified which were found to be appreciated by the participants and were seen as effective. This was performed on the basis of a qualitative content analysis from recently performed semi-structured interviews (N = 6). In addition, significant changes in the health indicators of the participants and predictive factors for success in the intervention were also investigated. This quantitative analysis was based on physiological and behavioural information, obtained by means of measurements (N = 72) performed during the course of the intervention. The respondents were all generally positive towards the intervention concerning the general effect of the intervention, organization, activities and lessons received. Furthermore, all the respondents perceived the intervention as effective in all areas. With respect to the quantitative data, results prove that the intervention is effective in reducing weight and improving dietary behaviour. Other physiological and behavioural factors, such as the blood pressure and the level of activity did not show any significant changes. In summary, the intervention can be seen as successful, and effective in improving certain health indicators. However, it is recommended for future projects to choose reliable measurement instruments for collecting behavioural data. Moreover, a prolonged time period for the project is needed for a better investigation into the effects and furthermore, prolonging the intervention was also desired by respondents.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:01 general works
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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