Evaluating the Effectiveness of Goal Setting and Textual Feedback Using a Wearable Technology for Increasing Running Distance
Master of Science (M.S.)
Degree Granting Department
Child and Family Studies
Raymond G. Miltenberger, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Kimberly A. Crosland, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Kwang-Sun Cho Blair, Ph.D., BCBA-D
obesity, physical activity, Fitbit, steps, accelerometer
Obesity is a growing problem that has life-threatening health consequences. One way to combat obesity is by increasing physical activity levels, which has been a focus of recent applied behavioral research. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of goal setting and textual feedback without social support to increase physical activity, specifically weekly running distance. A multiple-baseline across participants design was employed with four participants using a Fitbit Flex accelerometer to collect two physical activity measures, intense steps and distance. Results showed a significant increase in weekly running distance for two out of four participants following the intervention.
Scholar Commons Citation
Zarate, Michael, "Evaluating the Effectiveness of Goal Setting and Textual Feedback Using a Wearable Technology for Increasing Running Distance" (2017). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.