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Ann Behav Med. 2006 Feb;31(1):99-103.

Physical activity and quality of life in older adults: influence of health status and self-efficacy.

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  • 1University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Kinesiology, Urbana, IL 61801, USA. emcauley@uiuc.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Physical activity has been positively linked to quality of life (QOL) in older adults. Measures of health status and global well-being represent common methods of assessing QOL outcomes, yet little has been done to determine the nature of the relationship of these outcomes with physical activity.

PURPOSE:

We examined the roles played by physical activity, health status, and self-efficacy in global QOL (satisfaction with life) in a sample of older Black and White women.

METHOD:

Participants (N = 249, M age = 68.12 years) completed multiple indicators of physical activity, self-efficacy, health status, and QOL at baseline of a 24-month prospective trial. Structural equation modeling examined the fit of 3 models of the physical activity and QOL relationship.

RESULTS:

Analyses indicated that relationships between physical activity and QOL, self-efficacy and QOL were all indirect. Specifically, physical activity influenced self-efficacy and QOL through physical and mental health status, which in turn influenced global QOL.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings support a social cognitive model of physical activity's relationship with QOL. Subsequent tests of hypothesized relationships across time are recommended.

PMID:
16472044
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