PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND HEALTH: THEIR IMPORTANT ROLE ON PSYCHOTICS
Authors: CHRISTOS KONSTANTINIDIS1, EVANGELOS BEBETSOS, PANAGIOTIS ANTONIOU, ANTONIOS KAMPAS
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The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between exercise and health, mental and physical, of those classified as schizophrenic. The questionnaire ‘the ALPHA-FIT test battery for adult aged 18-69 years of Suni, Husu and Rine (2008) was used, for measuring the physical possibilities and recording of psychosomatic status of sample people. The sample consisted of 57 subjects (N = 57), which were divided into three groups. More specifically, the first group consisted of 20 individuals (n1=20) who received a psychiatric diagnosis of schizophrenia and are physically active, the second group consisted of 17 individuals (n2=17) who received a psychiatric diagnosis of schizophrenia without being physically active, and finally, the third group of 21 individuals (n3=21) who did not receive any psychiatric diagnosis and are physically active. These people voluntarily participated in the research, signing the relevant affirmation. The results showed that the health self-esteem, physical condition and age significantly related to the physical activity level of the participants. From the research it is found that the Alpha-Fit test is suitable for psychotic people and the practices that have been used for general people well-being can be used for psychotics as well. Also it seems that the field of mentally sick people has to be investigated further more.
Keywords: Physical effects, schizophrenia, self-esteem, self-image/body-image, age