Association between depressive symptoms, motivational factors and self-esteem in elderly engaged in physical exercises

Simone Teresinha Meurer Lucélia Justino Borges Tânia Rosane Bertoldo Benedetti Giovana Zarpellon Mazo About the authors

The study examined the associations between depressive symptoms, motivational factors and self-esteem in 83 elderly engaged in physical exercises. The instruments used were: anamnese, geriatric depression scale (15), Rosenberg self-esteem scale and motivation inventory for regular practice of physical activity. The associations were verified by the Chi-square or Fisher's test and the Spearman correlation, adopting a significance level of 5%. It was statistically observed that there is an inversely proportional relationship between self-esteem and depressive symptoms, as well as low occurrence of depressive symptoms, high self-esteem and motivation of the elderly. The practice of physical exercises seems to contribute to the positive scores found in the variables studied.

Elderly; self concept; depression; motivation

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