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Trajectories of change in self-esteem in older adults: exercise intervention effects.

Author(s): Gothe NP,  Mullen SP,  Wójcicki TR,  Mailey EL,  White SM,  Olson EA,  Szabo AN,  Kramer AF,  McAuley E

Journal: J Behav Med

Date: 2011 Aug

Major Program(s) or Research Group(s): CPFP

PubMed ID: 21222223

PMC ID: PMC3118401

Abstract: This 12-month, 2 arm, single blind randomized controlled exercise trial examined relationships among changes in multidimensional self-esteem as a function of intervention mode (i.e., walking vs. flexibility-toning-balance). Data were collected on three equidistant occasions (baseline, 6 and 12 months). One-hundred seventy-nine older adults (M(age) = 66.38) began the study and 145 completed assessments at all time points. Participants completed measures of physical and global self-esteem as well as demographic information. There were no significant group differences at baseline on these demographic indicators or esteem variables. Data were analyzed using linear and parallel process growth modeling procedures. Results supported the position that across both groups, domain-level (i.e., physical self-worth) was dependent upon sub-domain-level (i.e., perceived attractiveness, strength, and condition) esteem change. Furthermore, greater improvements were observed in the flexibility-toning-balance group, in terms of perceived strength and attractiveness esteem, compared to the walking group. Our findings support theoretically-based predictions and extend the literature showing unique psychological responses conditional on specific types of physical activities.