Content and Perceived Utility of Mental Imagery by Older Adults in a Peer-Delivered Physical Activity Intervention

Peter R. Giacobbi, Matthew Buman, Joseph M. Dzierzewski, Adrienne T. Aiken-Morgan, Beverly L. Roberts, Michael Marsiske, Nicholas Knutson, Christina S. McCrae

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Abstract

Imagery interventions intended to increase exercise behavior are rare. The Active Adult Mentoring Program (AAMP) was a randomized controlled trial with imagery content. The purposes of this study were to examine the content and perceived utility of mental imagery with 24 AAMP participants (Mage = 65.00, SD = 8.79 years). Digital recordings of AAMP sessions and post-intervention interviews were content-analyzed. Emergent themes included images of the physical activity context and negative impressions about imagery. Post-intervention interviews revealed that 13 participants reported positive experiences using mental imagery while 9 would not engage in further use. Important implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-143
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2014

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Giacobbi, P. R., Buman, M., Dzierzewski, J. M., Aiken-Morgan, A. T., Roberts, B. L., Marsiske, M., Knutson, N., & McCrae, C. S. (2014). Content and Perceived Utility of Mental Imagery by Older Adults in a Peer-Delivered Physical Activity Intervention. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 26(2), 129-143. https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2013.803502