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Physical Activity and Function in Older Adults: Theory of Planned Behavior

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Carolyn L. Blue, Professor (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Objective: To assess the theory of planned behavior (TPB) and TPB with functional ability to explain intention and self-reported physical activity (PA) behavior of older adults. Methods: A survey was mailed to 2056 retirees from a large Midwestern university. Results: Structural equation modeling revealed that the TPB plus functional ability explained an additional 11% variance than the TPB alone in older adult PA and functional ability was the best predictor of PA (ß = .53, P<.05). Conclusions: Functional ability appears to be an important predictor of PA behavior and should be included when designing PA programs for older adults.

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Publication
American Journal of Health Behavior 2007; 31(2): 203-214
Language: English
Date: 2007
Keywords
Physical activity, Functional ability, Older adults, Theory of planned behavior, Fitness in older people, Exercise