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      Attitudinal and psychosocial outcomes of a fitness and health education program on adults with down syndrome.

      American journal of mental retardation : AJMR
      Adult, Attitude, Down Syndrome, Female, Health Education, Humans, Male, Physical Fitness, Psychology

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          Attitudinal and psychosocial outcomes of a fitness and health education program for adults with Down syndrome were examined. Participants were 53 adults with Down syndrome ages 30 years and older (29 females, 24 males, M age = 39.72 years) who were randomized into a training (n = 32) or control group (n = 21). The training group participated in a 12-week, 3 days per week, exercise and health education program. Outcome measures included attitudes towards exercise (cognitive-emotional barriers, outcomes expectations, and performance self-efficacy) and psychosocial well-being (community integration, depression, and life satisfaction). Compared to controls, the training group showed significant changes in attitudes towards exercise, including increased exercise self-efficacy, more positive expected outcomes, fewer cognitive-emotional barriers, improved life satisfaction, and marginally lower depression.

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          15000672
          10.1352/0895-8017(2004)109<175:AAPOOA>2.0.CO;2

          Chemistry
          Adult,Attitude,Down Syndrome,Female,Health Education,Humans,Male,Physical Fitness,Psychology
          Chemistry
          Adult, Attitude, Down Syndrome, Female, Health Education, Humans, Male, Physical Fitness, Psychology

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