Effects of a structured combined exercise intervention program on old participants mental health and well-being

José P Ferreira, Joana R Leite, Alain G Massart, Maria J Campos, Guilherme E Furtado, Elsa R Silva, Humberto M Carvalho, Edith Filaire
2018 Hospice and Palliative Medicine International Journal  
An intervention study was conducted to examine the changes in physical self-perceptions and self-esteem, as predictors of mental health and well-being, over the course of a 14 weeks combined exercise program in old people. Forty old participants were grouped into either an experimental group (EG; M=69.70; SD=3.29) or a control group (CG; M=71.10; SD=3.42). To assess changes in individual feelings about the physical self and global selfesteem participants filled the Physical Self-Perception
more » ... elf-Perception Profile -clinical version (CPSPP) and the Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale (RSES) pre-and post-intervention. Present results evidence the potential impact of exercise participation on the development of positive selfconcept feelings in the physical domain over time. Results highlights a strong tendency for those who get involved in exercise programs to increase their levels of physical self when compared with those who do not participate. Self-esteem was confirmed to be a more stable psychological construct, less sensitive to the immediate effects of exercise participation.
doi:10.15406/hpmij.2018.02.00128 fatcat:hsipn4qn5jekfa6xualo7uqr4m