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Literature on peer-based community physical activity programmes for mental health service users: A scoping review

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posted on 10.01.2020, 09:31 by Lorna Tweed, Eva Rogers, Florence KinnafickFlorence Kinnafick
Physical activity is a key determinant of mental health; community programmes aim to increase health and well-being on a community wide scale with emphasis on social interaction. Regular physical activity participation in community settings yields additional social benefits, such as peer support. This scoping review aimed to explore existing literature that has included peer support as a component of community-based physical activity programmes for MHSU. Published literature was examined using electronic databases (SportDiscus, Web of Science, MEDLINE, and PsycINFO), reference lists, and hand searching of journals. Thirteen eligible articles included; adults aged 18 and over, a peer support component, physical activity and/or sport, participants with mental health diagnoses and were community-based. Research published between 2007 and 2019, peer-reviewed and written in English was included. Nine studies found a significant increase in perceived social support, seven studies reported increased mental wellbeing and five studies reported increased physical activity levels. Effectiveness of reviewed programmes were categorised as; overall improvements in physical activity levels, improvements to mental health, exercise related psychosocial benefits, knowledge relating to self-care, and improved social connections. Community-based physical activity programmes produced psychosocial benefits and positive behaviour change for MHSU, warranting greater focus towards implementing effective peer support into community programmes.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Health Psychology Review

Volume

15

Issue

2

Pages

287-313

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Health Psychology Review on 5 February 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17437199.2020.1715812.

Acceptance date

08/01/2020

Publication date

2020-02-05

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1743-7199

eISSN

1743-7202

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Florence Kinnafick. Deposit date: 8 January 2020