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Psychosocial mediators of group cohesion on physical activity intention of older adults

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Cristina Caperchione, William Mummery
Considerable evidence has indicated that group-based physical activity may be a promising approach to reducing and preventing age-related illness. However, this research has not examined the mechanisms by which cohesion may impact on behaviour. The purpose of the present research was to utilize the theory of planned behaviour to investigate the mechanism by which group cohesion may affect physical activity intention. Participants were recruited from an existing physical activity intervention studying the effects of group cohesion on physical activity behaviour. The outcomes of this intervention are reported elsewhere. This paper presents data from a sub-sample of the intervention population (N=74) that examined the mediating relationships between the theory of planned behaviour and group cohesion on physical activity intention. Analyses showed that attitude and perceived behavioural control mediated the relationship between specific group cohesion concepts and physical activity intention. The direct measure of subjective norm failed to display a mediating relationship. The mediating relationships displayed between attitude and perceived behavioural control and physical activity intention provide insight into potential mechanisms by which group cohesion may affect behaviour.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

12

Issue

1

Start Page

81

End Page

93

Number of Pages

13

eISSN

1465-3966

ISSN

1354-8506

Location

London

Publisher

Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Centre for Social Science Research; Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR);

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Psychology, health and medicine.

Exports

CQUniversity

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