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The role of physical activity in the relationship between self-perceptions of ageing and self-rated health in older adults

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Beyer, A-K and Wolff, JK and Warner, LM and Schuz, B and Wurm, S, The role of physical activity in the relationship between self-perceptions of ageing and self-rated health in older adults, Psychology & Health, 30, (6) pp. 671-685. ISSN 1476-8321 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Taylor and Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/08870446.2015.1014370

Abstract

Objective: Positive self-perceptions of ageing are associated with better health; however, little is known about the potentially underlying mechanisms. The present longitudinal study examines whether the relationship between self-perceptions of ageing and self-rated health is mediated by physical activity in older adults with multiple chronic conditions.

Design: A sample of 309 German community-dwelling older adults aged 65-85 years with two or more chronic conditions was assessed at three measurement occasions over 2.5 years. Participants provided information on self-perceptions of ageing, physical activity, self-rated health, number of chronic conditions and demographics (T1). Physical activity was reassessed six months later (T2) and self-rated health after 2.5 years (T3). Data were analysed using multiple regression and path analyses.

Main outcome measures: Self-rated health and physical activity.

Results: More positive self-perceptions of ageing were related to better self-rated health over a 2.5-year period controlling for confounding variables. Physical activity six months after T1 partially mediated this relationship.

Conclusion: Having more positive self-perceptions of ageing is associated with higher levels of physical activity, which in turn predict better self-rated health over time. This supports the hypothesis of a behavioural pathway in the self-perceptions of ageing - health link.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:physical activity, self-perceptions of aging, aging stereotypes, older adults, self-rated health, physical activity, health behaviour, old age
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and Health
Author:Schuz, B (Dr Benjamin Schuez)
ID Code:98781
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2015-03-02
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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