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WITTER, Geraldina Porto; GALVAO, Ana Paula Moreira; BURITI, Marcelo de Almeida  and  SILVA, Elza Maria Tavares. Social success and gender in elderly people: reading and physical activity. Psico-USF (Impr.) [online]. 2009, vol.14, n.3, pp.375-386. ISSN 2175-3563.

The aim of the research was to study the frequency of reading and physical activity in elderly people. The participants were divided in four groups according to the following issues: gender and social success in their community; each group was composed by 10 people, at the age of 70 or more. The instruments used to collect data were: an agreement term, a schedule about the reader formation and an international questionnaire about physical activity. The results did not show correlation between both issues used to conduct the research, except in the men's group with social success. Men and women with social success showed better development in reading than the other groups, however, there was no statistical difference concerning to physical activity and gender.

Keywords : old aged; habit of reading; practice of physical activity.

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