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dc.contributor.advisorKellar, Ian
dc.contributor.advisorMohammed, Mohammed A.
dc.contributor.authorLamming, Laura
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-10T15:02:54Z
dc.date.available2020-12-10T15:02:54Z
dc.date.issued2020-12-10
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/18221
dc.description.abstractDespite its benefits to both physical and mental health, physical activity levels worldwide remain low and new solutions for behaviour change must be sought. Smartphone apps are extremely popular and prevalent across the population, however their quality is still questionable. Physical activity produces an acute ‘feel good’ effect and intervention designers should consider the role that affect (mood) plays in uptake and maintenance of behaviours. It is timely to examine the use of affect as a motivator for physical activity, using new tools that allow real-time capture of both affect and physical activity (smartphones). The existence, characteristics and quality of physical activity apps that provide feedback on affect were explored in this thesis A mixed methods approach, comprising a systematic review (study 1) and a systematic evaluation (study 2) was taken. Data collection methods included both quantitative and qualitative assessments, using pre-existing and fit-for purpose tools. Twenty-two physical activity apps that provided feedback on affect were identified. Apps often failed to target groups most at risk of poor physical activity levels. Feedback on affect was performed in a variety of ways. Quality of apps, based on 13 criteria, was mixed. Recommendations are made for researchers, app developers and funders, including the need for development of high quality physical activity apps incorporating and emphasising affective benefits, consideration of archiving processes for developed apps once development ceases, and collaboration between researchers, developers and users when designing apps.en_US
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dc.rights<a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/"><img alt="Creative Commons License" style="border-width:0" src="http://i.creativecommons.org/l/by-nc-nd/3.0/88x31.png" /></a><br />The University of Bradford theses are licenced under a <a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/">Creative Commons Licence</a>.eng
dc.subjectPhysical activityen_US
dc.subjectExerciseen_US
dc.subjectBehaviour changeen_US
dc.subjectAppen_US
dc.subjectSmartphoneen_US
dc.subjectMooden_US
dc.subjectAffecten_US
dc.subjectEmotionen_US
dc.subjectQualityen_US
dc.subjectAppsen_US
dc.titleCharacteristics and quality of physical activity apps which provide feedback on user affect. A systematic review and evaluation of public and academic appsen_US
dc.type.qualificationlevelresearch mastersen_US
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Bradfordeng
dc.publisher.departmentFaculty of Health Studiesen_US
dc.typeThesiseng
dc.type.qualificationnameMPhilen_US
dc.date.awarded2019
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