Leadership in physical activity groups for older adults: A qualitative analysis

Paul A. Estabrooks, Krista J. Munroe, Elizabeth H. Fox, Nancy C. Gyurcsik, Jennie L. Hill, Robert Lyon, Sara Rosenkranz, Vanessa R. Shannon

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    The purpose of this study was to determine whether a theory-based framework could be used to deductively identify and understand the characteristics of motivational leaders of physical activity groups for older adults. Participants were 23 older adults (mean age = 78.5 +/- 8.0 years, 65% women). An interview-guide approach was employed to elicit older adults' thoughts on important characteristics of physical activity group leaders. The data suggested that effective leaders are those whom the participants feel are properly qualified, are able to develop a personal bond with participants, and can use their knowledge and the group to demonstrate collective accomplishments. It was concluded that the findings could be used to extend the leadership activities beyond the traditional technical performance and individual feedback to include activities of social integration. Furthermore, the conceptual framework identified can serve as a valuable tool in guiding future researchers in their examination of leadership in physical activity groups for older adults.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
    PublisherHuman Kinetics Publishers Inc.
    Pages232-245
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)0923-2508
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    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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    NameJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
    Volume12

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    Keywords

    • Exercise
    • Group dynamics
    • Instruction
    • Social support

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    Estabrooks, P. A., Munroe, K. J., Fox, E. H., Gyurcsik, N. C., Hill, J. L., Lyon, R., ... Shannon, V. R. (2004). Leadership in physical activity groups for older adults: A qualitative analysis. In Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (pp. 232-245). (Journal of Aging and Physical Activity; Vol. 12). Human Kinetics Publishers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.12.3.232
    Estabrooks, Paul A. ; Munroe, Krista J. ; Fox, Elizabeth H. ; Gyurcsik, Nancy C. ; Hill, Jennie L. ; Lyon, Robert ; Rosenkranz, Sara ; Shannon, Vanessa R. / Leadership in physical activity groups for older adults: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. Human Kinetics Publishers Inc., 2004. pp. 232-245 (Journal of Aging and Physical Activity).
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    Estabrooks PA, Munroe KJ, Fox EH, Gyurcsik NC, Hill JL, Lyon R et al. Leadership in physical activity groups for older adults: A qualitative analysis. In Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. Human Kinetics Publishers Inc. 2004. p. 232-245. (Journal of Aging and Physical Activity). https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.12.3.232