Website-based tailored advice to promote strength and balance training: an experimental evaluation

Nyman, Samuel R. and Yardley, Lucy (2009) Website-based tailored advice to promote strength and balance training: an experimental evaluation. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 17, (2), 210-222.


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This study evaluated a Web site providing tailored advice to encourage older people to undertake strength and balance training (SBT). Adults age 60–88 (N = 302) were randomized to read either generic advice or advice tailored to their self-perceived balance problems and activity preferences. Between-groups differences in attitudes toward SBT after reading the advice did not quite reach significance (p = .059), but the tailored group reported higher ratings than the generic group that the advice was personally relevant (p = .017) and that the activities would be good for them (p = .047). Within-groups differences in the tailored group showed that completing an action plan increased confidence in undertaking SBT (p = .006). These findings were supported by a meta-analysis that pooled the effect sizes with those of a previous study. Thus, a tailored Web site might be a cost-effective way of encouraging some older people to undertake SBT.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1063-8652 (print)
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Keywords: falls, internet, older people, prevention
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology
ePrint ID: 66813
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
April 2009Published
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:53

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