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Title: Fear of falling and activities of daily living function: mediation effect of dual-task ability
Authors: Brustio, Paolo R.
Magistro, Daniele
Zecca, Massimiliano
Liubicich, Monica E.
Rabaglietti, Emanuela
Keywords: Dual task
Fear of falling
ADL
Ageing
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: BRUSTIO, P.R. ... et al, 2017. Fear of falling and activities of daily living function: mediation effect of dual-task ability. Aging & Mental Health, doi:10.1080/13607863.2017.1318257.
Abstract: Objective: The aim of the study was to explore the association between fear of falling (FOF), dual-task ability during a mobility task, and the activities of daily living (ADL) in a sample of older adults.Methods: Seventy-six older adults (mean age M = 70.87 ± 5.16 years) participated in the study. Data on FOF (using the Falls Self-Efficacy Scale-International), walking ability during both single- and dual-task performances and ADL were collected.Results: Mediation analysis demonstrated the mediation effect of dual-task ability (? = 0.238, p = 0.011) between FOF and ADL level (? = 0.559, p \textless 0.001). Moreover, significantly lower performances were observed during dual-task condition [F (2, 73) = 7.386, p \textless 0.001], and lower ADL levels were also found in older adults with FOF [F (2, 73) = 13.734, p \textless 0.001].Conclusion: The study underlines the relationship between FOF, dual-task ability and ADL level. These results could be used to develop specific intervention programmes for successful ageing.
Description: This paper is closed access until 9th May 2018.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2017.1318257
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25053
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2017.1318257
ISSN: 1360-7863
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