Title

Determinants of exercise activity in an older population : a replication and extension

Abstract

The population of the United States is aging quickly, and thus it would seem that one of the major priorities for the elderly is to achieve and maintain improved physical and mental health. Previous research has shown that regular exercise activity is one of the factors that can contribute to better health. This study examined a number of variables believed to be conducive to exercise participation. Specifically, sixty-five people, 65 years of age or older, completed questionnaires measuring the relationship between exercise habits, perceived barriers to exercise, and motives for exercise. Significant positive correlations were found between exercise and self-efficacy, late life exercise habits, and motives for exercise. A significant negative correlation emerged between exercise activity and effort barriers. In addition, a multiple regression analysis was able to account for 48% of the variance in exercise activity. The implications of these data and directions for future research are discussed.

Notes

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Thesis Completion

1999

Semester

Summer

Advisor

Jensen, Bernard

Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Degree Program

Psychology

Subjects

Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences

Format

Print

Identifier

DP0021564

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Document Type

Honors in the Major Thesis

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