Effects of a social-media-based support on premenstrual syndrome and physical activity among female university students in South Korea

Su Jin Nam, Chiyoung Cha

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • female university students
  • physical activity
  • premenstrual symptom
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • Social-media-based support

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