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Understanding the psychosocial processes of physical activity for individuals with severe mental illness: A meta-ethnography

Citation
Soundy A, Kingstone T & Coffee P (2011) Understanding the psychosocial processes of physical activity for individuals with severe mental illness: A meta-ethnography. In: Labate L (ed.) Mental Illness - Evaluations, Treatments and Implications. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech, pp. 3-20. http://www.intechopen.com/books/mental-illnesses-evaluation-treatments-and-implications

Abstract
First paragraph: Physical activity can benefit individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) (Richardson et al., 2005). The benefits of physical activity for individuals with SMI are threefold: psychological, social and physical. Psychologically, patients can experience mood elevating effects, reduced anxiety, improved concentration, increased self-esteem and reduced psychiatric symptoms like voices (Faulkner & Biddle, 1999). Socially, co-patients in the physical activity setting can motivate, support and encourage interaction (Fogarty & Happell, 2005), facilitating the development of a positive social identity. Physically, patients can combat a significant side effect of anti-psychotic medication such as weight loss (Faulkner et al., 2003).

StatusPublished
Author(s)Soundy, Andrew; Kingstone, Thomas; Coffee, Pete
Publication date31/12/2011
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/9140
PublisherInTech
Publisher URLhttp://www.intechopen.com/…and-implications
Place of publicationRijeka, Croatia
ISBN978-953-307-645-4
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