Attitudes and beliefs that predict older people's intention to undertake strength and balance training

Yardley, Lucy, Donovan-Hall, Margaret, Francis, Katherine and Todd, Chris (2007) Attitudes and beliefs that predict older people's intention to undertake strength and balance training. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 62B, (2), 119-125.


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Many older people refuse to participate in programs of strength and balance training (SBT), limiting their effectiveness for falls prevention. To persuade older people to take up SBT, we need to know whether their intention to undertake SBT is motivated by the perceived threat of falling or the perceived suitability and benefits of SBT. A survey of 558 people aged 60 to 95 years assessed intention to undertake SBT, as well as measures of threat appraisal (concern about falling, perceived risk, and consequences of falling) and coping appraisal (perceived benefits and appropriateness for them of undertaking SBT). Intention to undertake SBT was much more closely related to all elements of coping appraisal than to threat appraisal. The elements of coping appraisal included the belief that it has multiple benefits and is associated with a positive social identity, and the feeling that family, friends, and doctors would approve of taking part.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1079-5014 (print)
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Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Human Wellbeing
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Superseded (SOHPRS)
ePrint ID: 45069
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
5 March 2007Published
11 April 2006Submitted
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:19

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