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Examining the Relationship Between Perceived Autonomy Support and Age in the Context of Rehabilitation Adherence in Sport

Levy, Andrew R, Polman, Remco and Borkoles, Erika (2008) Examining the Relationship Between Perceived Autonomy Support and Age in the Context of Rehabilitation Adherence in Sport. Rehabilitation Psychology, 53 (2). pp. 224-230. ISSN 0090-5550

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Objective: To investigate the relationship between perceived autonomy support, age, and rehabilitation adherence among sports-related injuries. Design: A prospective design measuring adherence over the entire rehabilitation period (8-10 weeks) was employed. Participants: 44 men and 26 women aged between 18 and 55 years took part in this study (M = 32.5 years, SD = 10.2). Method: Adherence was monitored via an observational measure of clinic-based adherence, a self-report measure of home-based adherence, and monitoring of attendance at rehabilitation sessions. Perceived autonomy support of participants was assessed during the last week of their rehabilitation. Results: High autonomy support provided by the physical therapist was related to better clinic-based adherence and attendance but not to home-based adherence. Age was related to all adherence indices and moderated the relationship between perceived autonomy support and clinic-based rehabilitation adherence. Conclusion: Findings indicate the importance of physical therapists providing an autonomous-supportive rehabilitation environment, particularly among older individuals.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID22177, ResPubID22549, ResPubID23167, age differences, independence, rehabilitation, self determination, treatment compliance, social support
Subjects: Current > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
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Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2012 05:06
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2015 06:24
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