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ERIC Number: EJ967184
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
Psychological Needs as Mediators? The Relationship between Leisure-Time Physical Activity and Well Being in People Diagnosed with Osteoporosis
Gunnell, Katie E.; Mack, Diane E.; Wilson, Philip M.; Adachi, J. D.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v82 n4 p794-798 Dec 2011
Osteoporosis is a skeletal disease characterized by reduced bone mass and micro-architectural deterioration of bone tissue resulting in compromised bone strength, increased fracture risk, and reduced well being. With evidence attesting to the positive effects of leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) on biomedical health in people with osteoporosis, there have been calls to broaden the scope of health-related variables that LTPA may influence. The primary aim of this investigation was to examine basic psychological needs satisfaction in explaining the LTPA-EWB (eudaimonic well being) relationship. Based on Basic Psychological Needs Theory (BPNT; Deci & Ryan, 2002), the authors hypothesized that perceived psychological need satisfaction would mediate the LTPA-EWB relationship. They used BPNT as a framework to identify potential mechanisms through which LTPA may promote feelings of EWB in a sample of individuals living with osteoporosis. Based on the study evidence, intervention programs that seek to improve the well being of people living with osteoporosis may use programming applications that give people the opportunity to feel effective (i.e., competence). (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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