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Womens Health. 1995 Summer;1(2):161-75.

Sources of social support as predictors of exercise adherence in women and men ages 50 to 65 years.

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Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1583, USA.


Examines types of social support that best predicts adherence at different time points during a 1-year endurance exercise program in 269 women and men ages 50 to 65 years. Results indicate that social support had similar effects on exercise participation for women and men, and support specific to exercise was a better predictor of exercise adherence than general social support. A preference for receiving a lesser amount of initial support from exercise staff was the strongest social support-related predictor of exercise adherence during the initial 6 months of the program. Support currently received from family and friends and exercise staff at Month 6 was found to be the strongest predictor of adherence during Months 7 to 12. Format of exercise was also a strong predictor of exercise adherence with home-based programs related to greater adherence. Additionally, divorced nonsmokers appear to be at increased risk for poor early exercise adherence and should be targeted in interventions to promote exercise participation.

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