ARCH Lab Contributes to Paper on Physical Activity and Mental Health in Children with Epilepsy

Dr. Ferro contributed to a paper, “Can behavioral strategies increase physical activity and influence depressive symptoms and quality of life among children with epilepsy? Results of a randomized controlled trial” that examined whether increasing physical activity can improve mental health and quality of life among children with epilepsy. The longitudinal (12 months), randomized control trial produced data suggesting that a behavioral counseling intervention targeting self-regulation of physical activity did not increase physical activity in the treatment group compared to controls. No differences were found between groups among measures of depressive symptoms or quality of life. Many youth were already relatively active at baseline; increasing physical activity posed a challenge.