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Therapeutic alliance and its potential application to physical activity interventions for older adults: A narrative review.

Powell, A., 2021. Therapeutic alliance and its potential application to physical activity interventions for older adults: A narrative review. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1123/japa.2021-0379

Abstract

Increasing the physical activity (PA) levels of inactive older adults to promote healthy aging and to reduce preventable health conditions is a public health priority. However, there remains uncertainty on what constitutes the most important components and characteristics of effective PA interventions for older adults, and previous research has largely focused on the cognitive and behavioral strategies they adopt to increase uptake and adherence to PA. This narrative review puts forward the novel idea, with supporting evidence, that the strength, quality, and collaborative nature of the professional–client relationship, a concept drawn from the field of psychotherapy and known as therapeutic alliance, may be a vital and foundational element of effective PA interventions. This article will offer a new understanding, and a new direction of research to aid the future conceptualization, design, and development of interventions that aim to increase the PA levels of older adults.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1063-8652
Uncontrolled Keywords:behavior change; common factors; intervention design; exercise
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:36317
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:01 Dec 2021 15:40
Last Modified:18 May 2022 12:03

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