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Postnatal ExErcise Partners Study (PEEPS): A Pilot Randomised Trial of a Dyadic Physical Activity Intervention for Postpartum Mothers and a Significant Other

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  • Rachel Margaret Carr
  • E Quested
  • A Stenling
  • C Thogersen-Ntoumani
  • A Prestwich
  • DF Gucciardi
  • Joanne McVeigh
  • N Ntoumanis


Publication details

JournalHealth Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
DateAccepted/In press - 4 Mar 2021
DatePublished (current) - 7 Apr 2021
Issue number1
Number of pages34
Pages (from-to)251-284
Original languageEnglish


Research suggests dyadic interventions can increase physical activity; such interventions are untested within postpartum parent couples. A three-armed pilot randomised trial addressed this gap and tested which type of dyadic intervention is most effective. Inactive postpartum mothers and a significant other were recruited in Australia (n = 143 assessed for eligibility) and randomised in a single-blinded fashion (i.e., participants were blinded) to 1 of 3 dyadic conditions involving a single face-to-face session with access to web-based group support: a minimal treatment control (n = 34), collaborative planning group (n = 38), or collaborative planning + need supportive communication group (n = 30). Participants were asked to wear their accelerometers for 8 days and completed self-report measures at baseline, end of intervention (week 4), and follow-up (week 12). We expected dyads in the collaborative planning + need supportive communication group would have the greatest increases in Physical Activity (PA), autonomous motivation, and partners’ need supportive behaviours; and decreases in controlled motivation and controlling partner behaviours. Results from 51 dyads using Bayesian actor-partner interdependence models provided some evidence for a small positive effect on total physical activity at follow-up for postpartum mothers in the collaborative planning group and for partners in the collaborative planning + need supportive communication group. Furthermore, partners in the collaborative planning + need supportive communication group were more likely to engage in some vigorous PA. At follow-up, postpartum mothers in the collaborative planning + need supportive communication group scored lower on personal autonomous reasons. The impact of prior specification mean intervention effects need to be interpreted with caution. Progression to a full trial is warranted.
Keywords: Postpartum, Mothers, Dyads, Randomized controlled trial, Physical activity.
This project was funded by a Curtin International Postgraduate Research Scholarship/ Health Sciences Faculty International Research Scholarship. Andreas Stenling was supported by an international postdoc grant from the Swedish Research Council (dnr: 2017-00273).

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