This pilot study assessed possible changes in Life Satisfaction across three generations of women after a 6-mo. physical activity intervention. The primary purpose of the study was to test the study design and discover critical issues that should be controlled for or changed in a follow-up study. A quasi-experimental design was used to assign randomly a convenience sample of participant triads into two groups: a home-based group (n = 27) and a control group (n = 9). Daughters were premenarcheal (n = 13, M = 10.1 yr., SD = 1.5), mothers were premenopausal (n = 13, M = 37.2 yr., 5D = 4.2), and grandmothers were postmenopausal (n = 11, M = 61.5 yr., SD = 4.4). Life Satisfaction was measured using the Satisfaction with Life Scale. Participation in physical activity was measured using the Physical Best Physical Activity Questionnaire and a pedometer to count the number of steps taken per day. Compared with the control group, participants in the home-based group generally increased physical activity but their scores for Life Satisfaction did not increase. Recommendations concerning the study design, reducing limitations, and hypotheses for further study are given.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Sensory Systems