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Are the attitudes of exercise instructors who work with older adults influenced by training and personal characteristics?
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PMID:  22190119     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
METHODS: The authors surveyed 731 UK exercise instructors with specialist older adult exercise qualifications. A questionnaire investigated instructors' characteristics and attitudes toward older adults' participation in exercise.
RESULTS: For mostly seated classes, EXTEND qualification (B = 0.36, p = .005) had a positive effect on instructors' attitudes. Later Life Training qualification (B = -2.80, p = .003), clinical background (B = -3.99, p = .005), and delivering classes in National Health Services (B = -3.12, p < .001), leisure centers (B = -2.75, p = .002), or nursing homes (B = -2.29, p = .005) had a negative effect on attitudes. For mostly standing classes, experience (B = 0.20, p = .003) and delivering in leisure centers (B = 0.46, p = .032) had a positive and clinical background (B = -1.78, p = .018) had a negative effect on instructors' attitudes.
CONCLUSIONS: Most instructors have positive attitudes, but training and work context can influence attitudes toward older people's participation in exercise classes both positively and negatively.
Helen Hawley; Dawn A Skelton; Malcolm Campbell; Chris Todd
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of aging and physical activity     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1543-267X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Aging Phys Act     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9415639     Medline TA:  J Aging Phys Act     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  47-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
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