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Volume 50 Issue 1 (March 2011), Pages 1-114

The effects of physical activity on psychological well‐being for those with schizophrenia: A systematic review (pages 84-105)

This paper systematically reviews the existing evidence of the effects of physical activity on psychological well‐being for those with schizophrenia. A search of 15 databases including for example, PsycINFO, SportDiscus, and Science Direct was conducted to identify studies investigating the effects of physical activity on psychological well‐being for those with schizophrenia. The included studies were then assessed, extracted, and synthesized. Fifteen studies met the inclusion criteria: 12 quantitative and 3 qualitative. The physical activity interventions lasted between 3 and 20 weeks and included a wide range of physical activities. The instruments used to measure psychological well‐being varied across all studies, this along with the variety of study designs made statistical analysis impossible. The findings of this systematic review however, suggest that physical activity has a beneficial effect on some attributes associated with psychological well‐being in individuals with schizophrenia.

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