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Couple Dynamics and Partner's Engagement in Muscle Strengthening Physical Activity: An Exploratory Qualitative Study

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Title: Couple Dynamics and Partner's Engagement in Muscle Strengthening Physical Activity: An Exploratory Qualitative Study
Author: Karakehayova, Magdalena
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Program: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Smoliak, OlgaMilhuasen, RobinDwyer, John
Abstract: Physical activity is generally regarded in as imperative to good health, leading many to incorporate physical activity routines into daily living and leisure time (Jóźków, & Rossata, 2017; Knoll et al., 2017). Given the many health benefits of physical activity across the lifespan and the recent inclusion of MSPA in both American and Canadian physical activity guidelines (Benny, Shakespear-Durey & De Cocker, 2020; Fairchild Saidi & Branscum, 2019), an understanding of how relationship partners might foster or inhibit MSPA may support health and wellbeing as well as relationship quality. This study was initiated to qualitatively explore (a) how participants make sense of their own and their partner’s engagement in MSPA, and b) what are perceived effects of each other’s and conjoint engagement in MSPA on coupledom. Three different themes were generated: 1) differential engagement in MSPA regarding intensity and frequency; 2) concerns about health; and 3) effects on sexual intimacy.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/26334
Date: 2021-08
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