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How older adults are perceived is influenced by their reported exercise status.
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PMID:  21911871     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Nelson (2002) proposed that ageism occurs as a result of the negative perceptions individuals have of older adults. This study examined whether information about an older person's exercise habits would influence such perceptions. Participants (N = 1,230) from 3 age categories (16-25, 26-55, and 56+ yr) read a description of a 65-year-old man or woman describing 1 of 7 exercise statuses. Participants rated their perceptions of 13 aspects of the target's personality. A 3-way (Target Exercise Status × Target Gender × Participant Age) MANOVA revealed significant main effects for target exercise status. Nonexercisers were perceived less positively than the control target and the exercising targets. The results suggest that there are self-presentational costs associated with being a nonexerciser at an older age, but few self-presentation benefits accrued to older adults who engage in regular exercise.
Iain A Greenlees; Ben Hall; Andrew Manley; Richard C Thelwell
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of aging and physical activity     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1063-8652     ISO Abbreviation:  J Aging Phys Act     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-09-13     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:  279-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Sport, Education and Social Sciences, University of Chichester, Chichester, UK.
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