First impressions count: Perceptions of surface-level and deep-level similarity within postnatal exercise classes and implications for program adherence

Mark Beauchamp, William L. Dunlop, Samantha M. Downey, Paul A. Estabrooks

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which perceptions of surface-level (i.e. age, ethnicity, physical condition) and deep-level (i.e. attitudes, beliefs, values) similarity, as assessed shortly after group formation, predict participants' subsequent attendance behaviors within postnatal physical activity classes. Women (N = 136) enrolled in 21 postnatal exercise classes participated in this prospective observational study. Perceptions of surface-level similarity, in particular with regard to other group members' ages, predicted women's subsequent adherence to their respective exercise classes. The results of this study suggest that perceptual similarity may have noteworthy implications for mothers' involvement within postnatal physical activity classes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-76
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

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Exercise
Observational Studies
Age Groups
Mothers
Prospective Studies

Keywords

  • Groups
  • Perceptual similarity
  • Physical activity
  • Postnatal
  • Self-categorization theory

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  • Applied Psychology

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First impressions count : Perceptions of surface-level and deep-level similarity within postnatal exercise classes and implications for program adherence. / Beauchamp, Mark; Dunlop, William L.; Downey, Samantha M.; Estabrooks, Paul A.

In: Journal of Health Psychology, Vol. 17, No. 1, 01.01.2012, p. 68-76.

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