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Group cohesion and social support in exercise classes: results from a danish intervention study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16740506     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examines the formation of group cohesion and social support in exercise classes among former sedentary adults, participating in a Danish community-based intervention. Furthermore, the aim is to analyze the impact of this process on exercise activity among the participants. A multimethod approach was used, analyzing both survey data and 18 personal interviews collected among 87 participants who completed the intervention project. Analysis was performed according to the grounded theory method. The formation of group cohesion was conditioned by the social composition of the group, the teaching ability by the instructors, and the activity by itself. The cohesive group was characterized by an attitude of mutual support toward exercise activities. This mutual support facilitated development of self-efficacy beliefs among the participants improving their mastery expectation regarding exercise. Manipulating group dynamics may be a promising intervention tool in the promotion of leisure-time physical activity.
Ulla Christensen; Lone Schmidt; Esben Budtz-Jørgensen; Kirsten Avlund
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2006-05-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1090-1981     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Educ Behav     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-12     Completed Date:  2007-01-17     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9704962     Medline TA:  Health Educ Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  677-89     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Social Medicine, Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 3, DK-2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Data Collection
Group Processes*
Interviews as Topic
Middle Aged
Social Support*

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