This project will adopt a prospective design to test the full Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) model for explaining physical activity (PA) in breast cancer survivors (BCS) over the course of a 6-month period. Previous research has used individual elements of SCT to understand and predict PA behavior in the general population, but the full model has yet to be tested, particularly in BCS. Applying the full model is likely to result in outcomes which will inform BCS, oncologists, scientists, and program developers as to which social cognitive factors, if modified, are most likely to influence behavior change. The study will include measures to test the full SCT: self-efficacy, goals, outcome expectations, sociocultural factors (facilitators and impediments), and physical activity behavior.
This study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is measuring factors that affect quality of life in women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The researchers were looking to enroll at least 250 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on July 14, 2010. The researchers were able to close enrollment on July 15, 2010, after the Army of Women provided them with 2,526 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.