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Long-term adherence to a physical activity intervention: The role of telephone-assisted vs. self-administered coping plans and strategy use.
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PMID:  21707252     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objective: This study investigated the role of coping plans and the use of selection, optimisation and compensation (SOC) strategies within an experimental evaluation of a 26-week physical exercise intervention. Methods: Older women (N = 86, M (age) = 73.7 years) were randomly assigned to a telephone-assisted or a self-administered coping planning intervention after 6 weeks' participation in an exercise programme. The number of different coping plans formulated, exercise-specific SOC strategy use and their interaction were used to predict objectively measured long-term adherence to the intervention. Results: The number of coping plans formulated (β = 0.28) and goal-pursuit strategies reported (sum score of optimisation and compensation strategies, β = 0.39) predicted adherence to the exercise programme over 20 weeks. The predictive strength of coping plans increased with decreasing numbers of goal-pursuit strategies (β = -0.21). Women supported via telephone reported significantly more coping plans than did women in the self-administered coping planning group, F(1,80) = 9.47, p = 0.003. Conclusion: Coping plans have a buffering effect on adherence levels when use of SOC strategies is low. Older women's adherence to physical activities may be improved if they are given direct support in generating coping plans involving strategies of selection, optimisation and compensation.
Andrea Evers; Verena Klusmann; Jochen P Ziegelmann; Ralf Schwarzer; Isabella Heuser
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-6-27
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Title:  Psychology & health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-8321     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
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Created Date:  2011-6-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8807983     Medline TA:  Psychol Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
a Department of Psychiatry , Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin , Berlin , Germany.
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