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Exploring the relationship between motivation and dog-walking behaviour: what motivates older adults to walk with their dogs?

dc.contributor.advisorFarrell, Joey
dc.contributor.authorHope, Ashley
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-03T14:42:33Z
dc.date.available2013-02-03T14:42:33Z
dc.date.created2012
dc.date.issued2013-02-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca/handle/2453/406
dc.description.abstractBackground/Objectives: Dog ownership in older adulthood has been connected with increased likelihood of meeting the physical activity guidelines. There are older dog owners, however, that do not walk their dogs. Investigation utilizing the Self- Determination Theory was used to identify differences in motivation between regular and infrequent dog-walkers, while qualitative investigation helped identify and explore factors that influence motivation (basic psychological needs). Finally, meeting the advised levels of physical activity is related to improved health, so investigation into the differences was completed. Method: Ninety-four dog owners, aged 55 years and older, participated in the study. Participants completed the BREQ-2, a measure of motivation, a questionnaire to measure dog-walking behaviour, the SF-36v2, a measure of health, and demographic information. T and Mann-Whitney U tests were used to identify differences between in motivation and health. Nine regular dog-walkers participated in interviews to explore if the basic psychological needs influenced motivation to dog-walk.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectHuman-animal interactions and healthen_US
dc.subjectDog-walking and physical activityen_US
dc.subjectBeneficial influences of pet ownershipen_US
dc.subjectPhysical activity in older adultsen_US
dc.subjectDog-walking behaviour in older adulthooden_US
dc.titleExploring the relationship between motivation and dog-walking behaviour: what motivates older adults to walk with their dogs?en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
etd.degree.nameM.Sc.en_US
etd.degree.levelMasteren_US
etd.degree.disciplineKinesiologyen_US
etd.degree.grantorLakehead Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberTaylor, Jane
dc.contributor.committeememberSpaulding, Sandi
dc.contributor.committeememberWalker, Diane


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