Introduction: This study examined the effects of social-media-based support on premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and physical activity among female South Korean university students. Methods: This quasi-experimental study with an equivalent-control-group pretest–posttest design randomly assigned 64 female students with PMS to the experimental or control group. The experimental group received social-media-based support through a smartphone application, text messaging, and e-mail for one menstrual cycle between September and December, 2016. Descriptive and inferential statistics included a Chi-square test and independent and paired t-tests. Results: Significant differences emerged between the experimental and control groups in total PMS scores (p =.003), 14 premenstrual symptoms, and physical activity (p =.010). Conclusions: Female university students with PMS experienced decreased premenstrual symptoms and increased physical activity with social-media-based support, which could be an efficacious, accessible, and widely available nursing intervention to manage PMS and physical activity.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|State||Published - 2 Jan 2020|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) under Grant number 2013R1A1A1008686.
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- female university students
- physical activity
- premenstrual symptom
- premenstrual syndrome
- Social-media-based support