Possible health selves of older African Americans: Toward increasing the effectiveness of health promotion efforts

Julie Fleury, Constantine Sedikides, Kimberly D. Donovan

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Abstract

Possible selves are cognitive representations of the self in the future that motivate planning and behavior. This study explored possible health selves among rural-dwelling African Americans. Older African American respondents described their hoped-for and feared selves, as well as activities they initiated to achieve or avoid these selves. Three categories of possible selves emerged: health, social, and spiritual. The findings provide a basis for the development of culturally relevant health intervention programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-58
Number of pages7
JournalTopics in Geriatric Rehabilitation
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2002

Keywords

  • Health promotion
  • Motivation
  • Possible selves
  • Wellness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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