Trajectories of change in self-esteem in older adults: Exercise intervention effects

Neha P. Gothe, Sean P. Mullen, Thomas R. Wójcicki, Emily L. Mailey, Siobhan M. White, Erin A. Olson, Amanda N. Szabo, Arthur F. Kramer, Edward McAuley

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Abstract

This 12-month, 2 arm, single blind randomized controlled exercise trial examined relationships among changes in multidimensional self-esteem as a function of intervention mode (i.e., walking vs. flexibility-toning-balance). Data were collected on three equidistant occasions (baseline, 6 and 12 months). One-hundred seventy-nine older adults (M age = 66.38) began the study and 145 completed assessments at all time points. Participants completed measures of physical and global self-esteem as well as demographic information. There were no significant group differences at baseline on these demographic indicators or esteem variables. Data were analyzed using linear and parallel process growth modeling procedures. Results supported the position that across both groups, domain-level (i.e., physical self-worth) was dependent upon sub-domain-level (i.e., perceived attractiveness, strength, and condition) esteem change. Furthermore, greater improvements were observed in the flexibility-toning-balance group, in terms of perceived strength and attractiveness esteem, compared to the walking group. Our findings support theoretically-based predictions and extend the literature showing unique psychological responses conditional on specific types of physical activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-306
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

Keywords

  • Growth models
  • Modes of exercise
  • Physical activity
  • Self perceptions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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