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Exercise and social support are associated with psychological distress outcomes in a population of community-dwelling older adults

McHugh, Joanna E. and Lawlor, Brian A. (2012) Exercise and social support are associated with psychological distress outcomes in a population of community-dwelling older adults. Journal of Health Psychology, 17 (6). pp. 833-844. ISSN 1461-7277

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Abstract

Exercise reduces the likelihood of psychological distress, but this may be due to incidental socializing. We gathered information on exercise, social support and three aspects of psychological distress from 583 community-dwelling older adults. Exercise and social support from friends were both associated with lower scores of depression, anxiety and perceived stress. For infrequent exercisers, having a low level of social support indicated higher levels of depression, whereas for frequent exercisers, having a low level of social support did not affect depression levels. Both exercise and social support have roles in regulating psychological well-being in older populations and exercisers are less susceptible to effects of low social support on depression.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > Personal Health and Hygiene > Stress Management
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Welfare of older people
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
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Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2015 15:35
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2015 15:35
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1986

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