Date of Award

2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Chandler, Krista J.

Keywords

Health and environmental sciences, Children, Imagery, Intervention, Physical activity, Selfdeterminationtheory

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The overall purpose of the present pilot study was to examine the effects of a 2-week guided imagery intervention on children's active play. Additional outcome variables were the basic psychological needs (competence and relatedness), motivation (intrinsic and identified), active play intention, and active play imagery (capability, social, and fun). The sample comprised 17 female students (Mage = 9.57, SD = 0.53) randomly assigned to an imagery (n = 7) or control group (n = 10). Each group listened to an automated script 3x/week for the duration of the study. Results indicated significant differences for perceived competence and autonomy, as well as capability imagery. The imagery group reported a significant decrease in perceptions of competence and autonomy from baseline to post-intervention, while the control group showed a significant increase. Further, the imagery group showed a greater decrease in their frequency of capability imagery than the control group.

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