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Evaluating quality of implementation in physical activity interventions based on theories of motivation: current challenges and future directions

Quested, Eleanor; Ntoumanis, Nikos; Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Cecilie; Hagger, Martin S.; Hancox, Jennie E.

Authors

Eleanor Quested

Nikos Ntoumanis

Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani

Martin S. Hagger



Abstract

The evidence base pointing towards the maladaptive health consequences of an inactive lifestyle highlights the need for interventions that are effective in changing and maintaining physical activity behaviours. Theories of motivation are frequently applied to inform the content and delivery of such interventions. Systematic monitoring and evaluation of the quality of intervention implementation is therefore an important step in understanding if and how theories of motivation can be adopted and effectively applied to promote and/or sustain physical activity behaviours. However, intervention implementation quality in studies that aim to apply motivation theory to promote physical activity is often under-reported. The purpose of this article is, first, to review contemporary approaches used to monitor and evaluate intervention implementation; we outline the degree to which these methods have been used effectively in research concerned with applying theories of motivation to impact physical activity behaviours. Second, we identify and discuss specific challenges in effectively measuring quality of implementation faced by researchers who adopt a motivation theory basis to their work. Finally, recommendations for methods to monitor and evaluate intervention implementation in future trials aiming to promote physical activity based on theories of motivation are also proposed.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2017-01
Journal International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Print ISSN 1750-984X
Electronic ISSN 1750-9858
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 1
Pages 252-269
APA6 Citation Quested, E., Ntoumanis, N., Th√łgersen-Ntoumani, C., Hagger, M. S., & Hancox, J. E. (2017). Evaluating quality of implementation in physical activity interventions based on theories of motivation: current challenges and future directions. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 10(1), 252-269. doi:10.1080/1750984x.2016.1217342
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/1750984x.2016.1217342
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1750984X.2016.1217342

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