Daughters and mothers exercising together (DAMET): a 12-week pilot project designed to improve physical self-perception and increase recreational physical activity

Women Health. 2001;33(3-4):101-16.


This paper presents the results of a 12-week single-sex, family-based physical activity intervention grounded in Social Cognitive Theory. Mother/daughter pairs and triads (n = 20) attended physical activity and classroom sessions twice weekly. Physiological data (VO2peak, height, and weight), psychological data (physical self-perception profile subscale scores), information about physical activity participation (PAP, d x wk(-1)) and qualitative impressions (QI) of the program were collected pre- and post-intervention. PAP and QI were also collected 6-months after completing the intervention. Although no significant increases in physical activity were reported, significant improvements in perceived sport competence, physical condition, and strength and muscularity were reported over time. The social cognitive theory, as used to plan this physical activity intervention, offered a promising theoretical perspective for facilitating improved physical self-perception in adolescent girls and their mothers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Cognition
  • Colorado
  • Exercise / physiology
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Physical Fitness / physiology*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Evaluation
  • Psychology, Social*
  • Recreation / physiology
  • Recreation / psychology*
  • Self Concept
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Women's Health*