Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Harry Prapavessis
The objective of this study was to examine the effect of a peer modeling intervention on
cardiorespiratory fitness performance and task self-efficacy in obese youth completing a maximal incremental treadmill test. Forty-nine obese youth (male = 26, BMI > 95th percentile for age and gender; 10 to 17 years of age) were randomized to an experimental group (n = 25) which received a peer modeling intervention or to an attention control group. The outcome variables were physical fitness (peak VO2, heart rate, duration, respiratory exchange ratio, rating of perceived exertion) and task self-efficacy. Observing the peer modeling intervention was not associated with improvements in peak V 0 2 or self-efficacy from baseline to follow-up in the experimental group; however, physical fitness and task self-efficacy were moderately correlated at both time points. The peer modeling intervention was partially successful at reducing variability in the experimental group, but not the control group.
De Jesus, Stefanie, "THE EFFECTS OF A PEER MODELING INTERVENTION ON AEROBIC FITNESS PARAMETERS AND SELF-EFFICACY IN OBESE ADOLESCENTS" (2011). Digitized Theses. 3645.