Longitudinal analysis of virtual community perceptions of cohesion: The role of cooperation, communication, and competition

Annmarie A. Lyles, Colleen Loomis, Scherezade K. Mama, Sameer Siddiqi, Rebecca Lee

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Abstract

Online, virtual group interactions may help adherence to health promotion programs. The purpose of this study was to explore longitudinal relationships among dimensions of group cohesion and group-interaction variables to inform and improve group-based strategies within programs aimed at promoting physical activity in virtual communities. In all, 56 online virtual users completed a group dynamics–based physical activity promotion intervention and assessments of group cohesion and group interaction at baseline and 4 weeks. Friendly competition and cooperation were consistently strong predictors of cohesion. Facilitating a sense of friendly competition and cooperation may increase engagement in physical activity programs by bolstering group cohesion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1677-1688
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume23
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018

Keywords

  • group dynamics
  • group interaction
  • physical activity
  • virtual community

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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