ERIC Number: EJ966912
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Psychosocial Issues in Engaging Older People with Physical Activity Interventions for the Prevention of Falls
Nyman, Samuel R.
Canadian Journal on Aging, v30 n1 p45-55 Mar 2011
This article presents an overview of the psychosocial factors that influence older people's participation in physical activity interventions to prevent falls. The importance of psychosocial factors is stressed inasmuch as interventions will be rendered useless if they do not successfully gain the active participation of older people. The theory of planned behavior is used as a framework for the review on how knowledge (a prerequisite), attitudes, subjective norms (the social context), and perceived behavioral control (confidence) promote or inhibit the intention to carry out activities to prevent falls. The review is supplemented with evidence for self-identity to influence intention, and the article concludes with a discussion of the recommendations made by the Prevention of Falls Network Europe for engaging older people in falls prevention.
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Prevention, Physical Activity Level, Intention, Social Environment, Compliance (Psychology), Health Promotion, Psychological Patterns, Influences, Older Adults, Participation, Intervention, Knowledge Level, Attitudes, Self Esteem, Inhibition
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