Depressive symptoms among older adults: Long-term reduction after a physical activity intervention

Robert W. Motl, James F. Konopack, Edward McAuley, Steriani Elavsky, Gerald J. Jerome, David X. Marquez

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We examined the effects of two physical activity modes on depressive symptoms over a 5-year period among older adults and change in physical self-esteem as a mediator of changes in depressive symptoms. Formerly sedentary, older adults (N = 174) were randomly assigned into 6-month conditions of either walking or low-intensity resistance/flexibility training. Depressive symptoms and physical self-esteem were measured before and after the 6-month intervention, and 12 and 60 months after intervention initiation. Depressive symptoms scores were decreased immediately after the intervention, followed by a sustained reduction for 12 and 60 months after intervention initiation; there was no differential pattern of change between the physical activity modes. Change in physical self-esteem predicted change in depressive symptoms. This study supports the effectiveness of an exercise intervention for the sustained reduction of depressive symptoms among sedentary older adults and physical self-esteem as a potential mediator of this effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-394
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2005

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Keywords

  • Depressive symptoms
  • Exercise
  • Older adults
  • Physical self-esteem

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  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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Motl, R. W., Konopack, J. F., McAuley, E., Elavsky, S., Jerome, G. J., & Marquez, D. X. (2005). Depressive symptoms among older adults: Long-term reduction after a physical activity intervention. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 28(4), 385-394. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-005-9005-5

Depressive symptoms among older adults : Long-term reduction after a physical activity intervention. / Motl, Robert W.; Konopack, James F.; McAuley, Edward; Elavsky, Steriani; Jerome, Gerald J.; Marquez, David X.

In: Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Vol. 28, No. 4, 08.2005, p. 385-394.

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Motl, RW, Konopack, JF, McAuley, E, Elavsky, S, Jerome, GJ & Marquez, DX 2005, 'Depressive symptoms among older adults: Long-term reduction after a physical activity intervention', Journal of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 385-394. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-005-9005-5
Motl, Robert W. ; Konopack, James F. ; McAuley, Edward ; Elavsky, Steriani ; Jerome, Gerald J. ; Marquez, David X. / Depressive symptoms among older adults : Long-term reduction after a physical activity intervention. In: Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2005 ; Vol. 28, No. 4. pp. 385-394.
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