Shaun Abbott

Postgraduate Research

Research Areas: Health Promotion Development & Evaluation, Sexuality, Health & Education

Research Topic: Physical activity interventions in low socioeconomic populations: A focus on mental contrasting with implementation intentions
Supervisor: Prof John de Wit

Shaun is an external PhD candidate with CSRH. He is based at UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

Research Summary

People of socio-economically disadvantaged households are less active then the rest of the population, a contributing factor to poorer health. Self-regulation interventions have been effective in improving one's ability to complete a task/goal, a quality often lacking in low Socio-Economic Status (SES) groups. One such self-regulatory strategy, Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions (MCII) has shown positive outcomes in improving Physical Activity (PA) levels, but has not been tested in low SES populations. A pilot randomised controlled trial will combine two self-regulation strategies used to increase PA levels: Mental Contrasting (MC) and Implementation Intentions (II) into the one strategy, MCII. The intervention will be applied to individuals of relative socioeconomic disadvantage in Sydney over 12-weeks.