|Title||Self-efficacy mediates the relationship between behavioral processes of change and physical activity in older breast cancer survivors.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Authors||Loprinzi, PD, Cardinal, BJ|
|Journal||Breast cancer (Tokyo, Japan)|
|Date Published||2013 Jan|
BACKGROUND: The degree to which breast cancer survivors use behavioral processes of change has not been investigated. Additionally, the relationship between behavioral processes and other theory-based mediators of adult physical activity behavior has not been extensively studied among breast cancer survivors. The objectives of this study were to: (1) determine the extent to which breast cancer survivors use behavioral processes associated with physical activity behavior change, and (2) examine the inter-relationships between behavioral processes, self-efficacy, and physical activity behavior among breast cancer survivors. METHODS: Sixty-nine breast cancer survivors completed surveys examining behavioral processes and exercise-specific self-efficacy. Six months later they completed a self-report physical activity questionnaire. RESULTS: Findings showed the majority of breast cancer survivors did not use approximately half of the behavioral processes on a regular basis, and self-efficacy completely mediated the relationship between behavioral processes and physical activity. CONCLUSION: Health care professionals may help enhance self-efficacy and ultimately increase physical activity behavior in breast cancer survivors by teaching behavior skills such as enlisting social support.