Comparing Mental Health Diagnoses: Changes in Mood and Self-esteem Following a Single Bout of Exercise
Methods: Participants (n = 212) with a range of clinical mental health diagnoses completed a questionnaire assessing mood (profile of mood states) and self-esteem (Rosenberg self-esteem scale) before and after a forty-five-minute group exercise session of moderate intensity (selfreported).
Results: Significant improvements in all mood subscales and selfesteem were noted overall, and within each mental health diagnoses. Post-hoc analysis suggests that scores on all mood subscales improved equally regardless of diagnosis except for confusion and anxioustension. However, within these two subscales all scores improved significantly with those diagnosed with bipolar or schizophrenia improving more so.
Conclusions: A single bout of exercise appears sufficient to improve mood and self-esteem across a range of mental health diagnoses. This adds further support for the use of exercise as an adjunct therapy for individuals with mental ill-heath.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2014
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