Physical activity self-efficacy mediates the effect of symptom distress on exercise involvement among adolescents undergoing cancer treatment.

A new interesting article has been published in Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2019 Jul;28(4):e13045. doi: 10.1111/ecc.13045. Epub 2019 Apr 16. and titled:

Physical activity self-efficacy mediates the effect of symptom distress on exercise involvement among adolescents undergoing cancer treatment.

Authors of this article are:

Wu WW, Yu TH, Jou ST, Hung GY.

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The objective of this study was to examine whether physical activity self-efficacy mediated the adverse effect of symptom distress on exercise involvement among adolescents undergoing cancer treatment. A secondary data analysis approach was used to analyse a pooled sample of 97 adolescents who were undergoing cancer treatment in paediatric oncology/haematology wards and ambulatory settings in northern Taiwan. Mediation analysis was performed to examine the mediation relationship among physical activity self-efficacy, symptom distress and exercise involvement. The total effect (path c) (p < 0.001), the indirect effect (paths a and b) (p < 0.05 and p < 0.01) and the direct effect (path c') (p < 0.001) were significant. The bootstrapping test was significant (95% CI: -0.356 to -0.016), indicating that physical activity self-efficacy partially mediated the adverse effect of symptom distress on exercise involvement after adjusting for age, gender and cancer diagnosis. Physical activity self-efficacy partially mediates the relationship between symptom distress and exercise involvement for adolescents undergoing cancer treatment. There is an imperative need for healthcare professionals to design interventions to enhance these adolescents' physical activity self-efficacy, increase their exercise involvement and thus improve their quality of life.© 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
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