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Predicting exercise in older Americans: using the theory of planned behavior.
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PMID:  9715615     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Given the benefits of exercise, and low participation, promoting exercise in older Americans is a national goal. METHODS: This study used a survey to military beneficiaries using the theory of planned behavior and measurements of physical activity. RESULTS: The response rate was 81.6%. The percentage of respondents who get regular exercise (61.2%) was not different from that in national samples. Those getting regular exercise were more likely to state that their doctor recommends exercise (p < 0.01). The theory of planned behavior regression model, using variables for attitude, social norm, and perceived behavioral control, is strongly associated with intent to exercise; the addition of habit significantly adds to this model (R2 = 0.468, p < 0.001). DISCUSSION: The theory of planned behavior is a valid model for predicting both the intention to exercise and actual exercise in older adults. This study emphasizes the role of clinicians and this model in promoting exercise in older persons.
T C Michels; J P Kugler
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Military medicine     Volume:  163     ISSN:  0026-4075     ISO Abbreviation:  Mil Med     Publication Date:  1998 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-09-15     Completed Date:  1998-09-15     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984771R     Medline TA:  Mil Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  524-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA 98433, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health*
Data Collection
Health Behavior*
Life Style
Military Personnel*
Models, Psychological*
Regression Analysis

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