Research Impact: Exercise training could be an effective coping strategy for increased anxiety symptoms in response to first time incarceration, but this has been unstudied. Thus, 37 first-time French prisoners were randomised to three weekly sessions of moderate-to-vigorous intensity interval exercise or a wait-list. Compared to control, exercise training significantly reduced anxiety by a moderate-to-large, potentially clinically meaningful magnitude (d=0.71) based on a minimally important difference of 0.5SD. Findings supported that interval exercise training may be an effective coping strategy to deal with elevated anxiety in response to incarceration.
Legrand FD, Ory E, Herring MP (2020). Evaluation of a brief interval exercise training (IET) intervention for first-time prisoners with elevated anxiety symptoms. Anxiety, Stress & Coping DOI: 10.1080/10615806.2020.1768244. (IF: 1.981; C=; Q2, Multidisciplinary Psychology; R=45/137)*