Effects of Aerobic Exercise and High-Intensity Interval Training on the Mental Health of Adolescents Living in Poverty

    Project: Research project

    Project Details


    The increasing rate of mental health issues among adolescents has recently been a considerable concern in Hong Kong (HK). In particular, adolescents with low socioeconomic status (SES) are likely to experience poor mental health including low self-esteem and high levels of anxiety, anger, and depression. Previous research has found that physical activities have a positive impact on improving mental health outcomes among adolescents. However, approximately 96% of adolescents in HK fail to engage in regular exercises, which potentially increase risk of poor mental health. This study aims to (1) examine whether changes in the three indicators of mental health among adolescents with low SES are evident before and after exercises; and (2) compares the effectiveness of aerobic exercise and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) in these indicators among adolescents with low SES.

    Funding Source: UGC - Research Matching Grant (RMG)
    Effective start/end date01/06/2131/05/23


    • exercise, intervention, mental health, poverty


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