Exercise environment, self-efficacy, and affective responses to acute exercise in older adults

Edward McAuley, Bryan Blissmer, Jeffrey Katula, Terry E. Duncan

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Increasing evidence suggests that regular physical activity can have considerable psychological, as well as physical, benefits in the elderly. Although factors such as exercise dosage may be implicated in exercise-induced affect responses, it has also been suggested that social and psychological factors might influence this relationship. This study examined the roles played by exercise environment (group versus alone) and self-efficacy in affective change in 80 older adults (M age = 66 yrs) over the course of three acute exercise bouts. Using latent growth curve methodology and statistically controlling for duration and intensity of exercise, we were able to demonstrate that social (group) environments resulted in statistically significant improvements in feeling state responses when contrasted with a condition in which the participants exercised alone. In addition, increases in self-efficacy were associated with more positive and less negative feeling states. Environmental factors that might influence the exercise-affect response are discussed and recommendations for subsequent exercise, efficacy, affect research made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-355
Number of pages15
JournalPsychology and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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