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dc.contributor.advisorSachs, Michael L.
dc.creatorKim, Bang Hyun
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-26T19:19:48Z
dc.date.available2020-10-26T19:19:48Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.other864884663
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12613/1614
dc.description.abstractFear of falling (FOF) is a major health care concern within the elderly population. The main purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a six-week intervention that used Guided Relaxation and Exercise Imagery (GREI) techniques on lowering FOF rates among community dwelling adults aged 60 and above. A total of 184 older adults (mean age = 73.2) participated in a series of mobility (TUG; SLS) and FOF measures (1QFOF; Short FES-I; ABC Scale; EII). Participants were divided into four groups: two placebo control groups (PCG) and two intervention groups (IG). The intervention groups received instructions to use an audio CD containing a GREI program for 10 minutes a day, two times a week for six weeks. The control group received an audio CD that contained two relaxation tracks and were instructed to listen to music of their choice for five minutes after listening to a relaxation track. Through simple paired t-test and ANCOVA analysis, results revealed that the GREI CD had significant effects in reducing FOF (78%) and significantly increasing exercise imagery rates, efficacy in falls related activities, perceived exercise levels, and reducing time in a mobility test (e.g., TUG). There was also a significant reduction in FOF (20%) and significant increases in exercise imagery rates, efficacy, confidence, and a mobility test (e.g., TUG) for participants who had an FOF pretest and were in PCG. However, participants who were in PCG and did not have an FOF during pretest did not have significant differences in any of the tests except for a significant increase in falls efficacy. Overall, this study revealed that using a GREI CD for six weeks helped decrease levels of FOF for older adults aged 60 and above. GREI was also effective in increasing falls-related efficacy, exercise imagery, and perceived exercise levels. Further exploration of GREI and its effects on psychological variables related to FOF and falls may substantiate its effectiveness as a fear of falling intervention.
dc.format.extent268 pages
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherTemple University. Libraries
dc.relation.ispartofTheses and Dissertations
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dc.subjectPsychology, Behavioral
dc.subjectHealth Sciences, Public Health
dc.subjectHealth Sciences, Rehabilitation and Therapy
dc.subjectBehavioral Intervention
dc.subjectExercise Imagery
dc.subjectFalling
dc.subjectFear of Falling
dc.subjectGuided Relaxation
dc.subjectOlder Adults
dc.titleThe Effects of Guided Relaxation and Exercise Imagery on Older Adults with a Fear of Falling
dc.typeText
dc.type.genreThesis/Dissertation
dc.contributor.committeememberNewton, Roberta A.
dc.contributor.committeememberSwalm, Ricky L.
dc.contributor.committeememberDuCette, Joseph P.
dc.description.departmentKinesiology
dc.relation.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.34944/dspace/1596
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dc.description.degreePh.D.
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