Are the attitudes of exercise instructors who work with older adults influenced by training and personal characteristics?

Helen Hawley, Dawn A. Skelton, Malcolm Campbell, Chris Todd

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    Abstract

    Little is known about the relationship between attitudes and characteristics of instructors and uptake and adherence of older people to exercise classes. This article explores these issues. Methods: The authors surveyed 731 UK exercise instructors with specialist older adult exercise qualifications. A questionnaire investigated instructors' characteristics and attitudes toward older adults' participation in exercise. Results: For mostly seated classes, EXTEND qualification (B = 0.36, p =.005) had a positive effect on instructors' attitudes. Later Life Training qualification (B = -2.80, p =.003), clinical background (B = -3.99, p =.005), and delivering classes in National Health Services (B = -3.12, p
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)47-63
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
    Volume20
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

    Keywords

    • Exercise leaders
    • Later life
    • Theory of planned behavior

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