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The relationship between intra-group age similarity and exercise adherence.
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PMID:  22176846     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Research within social and organizational psychology is replete with evidence for a positive relationship between intra-group demographic similarity and group-based attraction/involvement. This relationship, however, remains largely unexplored within applied health settings.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which intra-group age similarity relates to individual adherence behaviors within group-based exercise programs.
METHODS: A prospective observational design was used in which participants' (N=123) age similarity was assessed in relation to program adherence over a period of several months. Data were collected from within a large city in Western Canada during the winter of 2011. Analyses were performed using a multilevel framework shortly after data collection.
RESULTS: A positive relationship was observed between age similarity and program adherence (β=0.19, SE=0.09, p=0.04).
CONCLUSIONS: The findings are consistent with the notion that program adherence may be enhanced if age similarity is maximized.
William L Dunlop; Mark R Beauchamp
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of preventive medicine     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1873-2607     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Prev Med     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8704773     Medline TA:  Am J Prev Med     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  53-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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