Better with age: a health promotion program for men at midlife

Mellor, David, Connaughton, Catherine, McCabe, Marita P and Tatangelo, Gemma 2017, Better with age: a health promotion program for men at midlife, Psychology of men and masculinity, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 40-49, doi: 10.1037/men0000037.

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Title Better with age: a health promotion program for men at midlife
Author(s) Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
Connaughton, Catherine
McCabe, Marita P
Tatangelo, Gemma
Journal name Psychology of men and masculinity
Volume number 18
Issue number 1
Start page 40
End page 49
Total pages 10
Publisher Educational Publishing Foundation
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Publication date 2017-01
ISSN 1524-9220
Keyword(s) men’s health
health behavior
body image
stress and coping
social sciences
psychology, social
men's health
brief cope
Summary The current study evaluated a new program designed to improve mental and physical health among middle-age men. The program focused on increasing awareness of health behaviors such as diet, exercise and on improving positive body image messages, self-efficacy and coping skills. Seventy-six men aged 40 to 65 years participated in the study, with 43 men in the intervention group (M = 51.40 years; SD = 7.52 years) and 33 men in the waitlist control group (M = 54.93 years; SD = 4.81 years). Participants in the intervention group attended a 90 min workshop each week for 4 consecutive weeks. Measures of the above target variables were taken preprogram, postprogram, and at 3-month follow-up. The program was effective in improving numerous adaptive coping strategies and body fat percentage at follow-up. In addition, trends toward improving healthy lifestyle factors were observed. Other measures, including self-efficacy and body image, did not reveal significant improvements as a result of the intervention. Findings are discussed in terms of previous research and suggestions for future prevention programs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1037/men0000037
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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