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2012-10-05 14:33:05

More than 40 percent of older breast cancer survivors are insufficiently active after leaving a supervised program. But new research shows that those women who developed behavioral skills such as self-confidence and motivation during their program were far more likely to continue exercising on their own. Regular exercise may reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence and breast cancer-related mortality, experts say, making it crucial to effectively target breast cancer survivors who do...

2011-09-28 14:19:49

MU study shows school-based physical activity program can change the way kids eat, exercise The National Survey of Children´s Health indicates 31 percent of Missouri children are overweight or obese; yet, the state lacks physical activity requirements for students and nutritional standards for school meals beyond those recommended by the USDA. A new study from the University of Missouri shows Jump Into Action (JIA), a school-based physical activity program, is effective in changing...

2011-08-25 11:58:05

Success linked to reduced arthritis pain and increased quality of life Researchers from The Netherlands report that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have higher levels of self-efficacy for physical activity are more likely to achieve their physical activity goals. According to the study now available in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), achievement of physical activity goals is associated with lower self-reported arthritis...

2011-08-16 14:59:54

Sticking with an exercise routine means being able to overcome the obstacles that invariably arise. A key to success is having the confidence that you can do it, researchers report. A new study explores how some cognitive strategies and abilities increase this "situation-specific self-confidence," a quality the researchers call "self-efficacy." "You can apply the concept of self-efficacy to every single health behavior you can think of because in many ways that really is what gets us through...

2011-06-16 12:17:18

People seeking help for their alcohol or other drug problems enter treatment with very different levels of motivation to change. Differences in motivation appear to make a critical difference in which patients seek, comply with, and complete treatment. Findings from a study of the extent to which motivation and self-efficacy "“ the confidence to resist temptation and to abstain from drinking "“ changed during treatment, and the degree to which these variables affected drinking...

2011-04-04 16:56:52

Study finds changes in confidence levels to be indicators of student learning Do those who know more also know that they know more? And does a student's confidence level correlate to academic performance? These questions have long inspired researchers in the fields of decisionmaking and education to study confidence. New research from Kansas State University professor Candice Shoemaker looked at the psychological constructs of "confidence" and "self-efficacy" to evaluate the effectiveness of...

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2010-06-08 08:20:00

New research suggests that pre-school students may gain more language and literacy skills if they have teachers with higher levels of confidence in their abilities. However, in some cases students only saw gains when their teachers also had classrooms that emphasized emotional support for the children. "Emotionally responsive relationships between teachers and children may be the way by which the self-efficacy of teachers can have a positive influence on children's literacy," said Ying Guo,...

2009-12-16 11:35:38

Physical activity is known to reduce depression and fatigue in people struggling with chronic illness. A new study indicates that this effect may stem from an individual's sense of mastery over "“ or belief in his or her ability to achieve "“ certain physical goals. The study appears in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. "We base our arguments on fatigue being a symptom of depression," said Edward McAuley, a professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of...

2009-01-15 23:11:38

Canadian researchers say the top factors influencing the extent of physical exercise people do is their self-perceived ability and their desire to exercise. The study of 5,167 Canadians, published in the journal BMC Public Health, showed that psychological concerns are the most important barriers to an active lifestyle. Study leader Sai Yi Pan of the Public Health Agency of Canada examined data from a nationwide series of telephone interviews. One interview question asked participants how...

2008-10-03 03:00:25

By Overbaugh, Richard Lu, Ruiling Abstract In response to the need to train teachers to effectively integrate technology into elementary and secondary education, a teacher professional development program funded by a federal grant provided a selection of instructional technology integration courses to K-12 teachers. This study investigated the impact of these courses on the course participants' self-efficacy in learning about and implementing instructional technology. The study also...


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