Validity of the Health Belief Model as a Predictor of Activity in Younger and Older Adults

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The present investigation assessed Health Belief Model (HBM) variables and a measure of physical activity for both younger and older adults. Results of discriminant analyses suggest HBM variables and physical activity can predict age-group membership with 89% accuracy. The younger sample (n = 88; M= 21.5 years) was significantly more anxious about aging, perceived more barriers to exercise, less control from powerful others, and more social support than the older sample (n = 56; M = 71.8 years). For the younger sample, those who perceived more benefits of exercise, had social support, were male, and were less anxious about aging ... continued below

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Weigand, Daniel A. (Daniel Arthur) August 1993.

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The present investigation assessed Health Belief Model (HBM) variables and a measure of physical activity for both younger and older adults. Results of discriminant analyses suggest HBM variables and physical activity can predict age-group membership with 89% accuracy. The younger sample (n = 88; M= 21.5 years) was significantly more anxious about aging, perceived more barriers to exercise, less control from powerful others, and more social support than the older sample (n = 56; M = 71.8 years). For the younger sample, those who perceived more benefits of exercise, had social support, were male, and were less anxious about aging were more active. For the older sample, those who perceived more benefits of exercise were more likely to be active.

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Weigand, Daniel A. (Daniel Arthur). Validity of the Health Belief Model as a Predictor of Activity in Younger and Older Adults, thesis, August 1993; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc500472/: accessed September 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .