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Promoting physical activity among youth: strategic places in the classroom


- candidate number25372
- NTR NumberNTR6173
- ISRCTNISRCTN no longer applicable
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR5-okt-2016
- Secondary IDs617253 European Research Council
- Public TitlePromoting physical activity among youth: strategic places in the classroom
- Scientific TitleThe effect of network centrality of influence agents in a social network intervention to promote physical activity among youth.
- ACRONYMNA
- hypothesisHypothesis 1: a social network intervention is more effective in increasing physical activity in youngsters compared to a control condition.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedPhysical activity, Young adults, Adolescents
- Inclusion criteriaYoungsters who attend secondary schools between the ages 11 and 15.
- Exclusion criteriaYoungsters who are in a classroom with a participation rate lower than 80%. This is the threshold for the statistical analyses that will be performed (Rsiena social network modeling)
- mec approval receivedno
- multicenter trialno
- randomisedyes
- masking/blindingSingle
- controlActive
- groupParallel
- Type2 or more arms, randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-nov-2016
- planned closingdate23-dec-2016
- Target number of participants200
- InterventionsThe social network intervention will make use of the social network by selecting influence agents based on peer nominations. Participants will rate classmates on friendship, communication about physical activity, impression management, and with whom they spend time. Based on these nominations, a social network will be modeled. Classrooms will be randomly assigned to one out of three intervention conditions or the control condition. In the intervention conditions the groups will exist out of influence agents who are based on: (1) degree centrality, (2) betweenness centrality, or (3) closeness centrality. The influence agents will be approached and trained via the research application. They will receive useful information about physical activity as well as strategies to induce physical activity in others. The control condition will have no influence agents. Therefore, no participants in the control condition will receive information nor strategies.
- Primary outcomePhysical activity (steps per day and minutes MVPA per day), measured by accelerometer (fitbit flex)
- Secondary outcomeMotivation to be physically active
Athletic competence
Impression management tactics
attitude towards physical activity
physical activity self efficacy
physical activity intentions
media use
media habits
- Timepointsthe intervention will exist out of two weeks. The first week (mid November) is the baseline measure. Participants will wear the accelerometer for seven consecutive days. After a month, participants will wear the accelerometer again for seven consecutive days (the intervention week; mid December).
- Trial web sitewww.mymovez.nl
- statusopen: patient inclusion
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIESMsc. Thabo van Woudenberg
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIESMsc. Thabo van Woudenberg
- Sponsor/Initiator Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
European Research Council (ERC)
- PublicationsNot yet published.
- Brief summaryThis study aims to increase physical activity through real-life social network intervention among youth between 12 and 15 years old. The research uses smartphones to set out questionnaires and the intervention itself. Physical activity is measured by accelerometer (Fitbit flex). In the intervention groups, influence agents are assigned based on peer nomination. The influence agents will have the task to promote physical activity among their classmates. Therefore the influence agents receive information on the research phone and strategies how they can promote physical activity among their classmates. Influence agents will be based on three different selection criteria (the three different intervention groups): degree centrality, betweenness centrality and closeness centrality.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD5-okt-2016 - 19-feb-2017


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