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Theresa C. Brown and Mary D. Fry

This study examined the effects of a university recreation center intervention aimed at increasing members’ perceptions of a caring, task-involving climate. In addition, members’ perceptions of staff behaviors and their own behaviors were measured. College students (N = 282) completed questionnaires before and after an intervention designed to increase perceptions of a caring, task-involving climate. Results revealed the intervention did increase members’ perceptions of the caring, task-involving climate while reducing perceptions of the ego-involving climate. Members’ perceptions of the staff and their own positive behaviors also increased. The staff’s behaviors predicted members’ perceptions of the three types of climates; moreover, members’ perceptions of the ego-involving climate negatively predicted their caring, task-involving behaviors. The study suggests that members’ perceptions of the climate can be positively influenced through minimal training with recreation center staff and that the behaviors in which the staff engage are an antecedent to members’ perceptions of the motivational climate.

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Sheryl Miller and Mary Fry

, Smith, & Raine, 2015 ). In addition to the importance of creating a task-involving climate, recent research ( Hogue, Fry, & Fry, 2017 ; Newland, Newton, Stark, Podlog, & Hall, 2017 ) has also highlighted the value of fostering a caring climate, where individuals feel safe, welcomed, respected, and

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Theresa C. Brown and Mary D. Fry

This study examined the relationship between college students’ perceptions of the motivational climate (i.e., caring, task- and ego-involving) in physical activity courses to their physical self-concept, hope, and happiness. Midwestern university undergraduates (N = 412), enrolled in group physical activity classes, completed the following measures: class climate, physical self-concept, hope, and happiness. Canonical correlation analysis revealed that students who perceived a caring, task-involving climate were more likely to report high physical self-concept, hope, and happiness. A gender comparison found that while perceptions of the ego-involving climate were significantly higher for males, the ego climate did not significantly contribute to the males’ canonical correlation. In addition, while physical self-concept was positively associated with climate for both genders, males were more likely to experience higher physical self-concept than females. Results suggest positive and supportive exercise environments may not only help individuals reap the physical benefits of exercise but also the psychological benefits.

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Tim Henwood, Sharon Hetherington, Madeleine Purss, Kevin Rouse, Julie Morrow, and Michele Smith

Population aging, increasing disability, and prevalence of complex health conditions present many challenges for older people and place stress on healthcare system funding. When coupled with increasing care needs and the growth of the population aged 85 and older, projected Australian health care

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Yilin Li and Weidong Li

Educational theorists consider that interpersonal interactions between teachers and students are the core of the teaching and learning ( Bruner, 1996 ; Dewey, 1963 ; Noddings, 1992 , 2002 , 2013 ). For example, Noddings ( 1992 ) argued, “caring is the very bedrock of all successful education (p

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Michael J. Cools, Weston T. Northam, Michael Boyd, Andrew Alexander, Jason P. Mihalik, Kevin M. Guskiewicz, and Kevin A. Carneiro

Key Points ▸ Primary care providers (PCPs) are frequently first to evaluate children with sport-related concussion. ▸ PCPs often do not document important aspects of concussion evaluation. ▸ Further education of PCPs and decision tools are needed. Increased concussion awareness has been associated

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Jamile S. Codogno, Henrique L. Monteiro, Bruna C. Turi-Lynch, Romulo A. Fernandes, Subhash Pokhrel, and Nana Anokye

Population aging, physical inactivity, and the increased occurrence of chronic diseases drive up public health care expenditures around the globe ( Chief Medical Officer Annual Report, 2009 ; Davis et al., 2014 ). Despite well-documented evidence on the significant health benefits of physical

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Danae Dinkel, Dipti Dev, Yage Guo, Emily Hulse, Zainab Rida, Ami Sedani, and Brian Coyle

Early childhood is a critical time period for developing physical activity behaviors. 1 During this time, ∼74% of all 3- to 6-year-old children in the United States are in some form of nonparental care, and children 3 years old and younger spend an average of 29 hours per week in child care with a

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Hongjun Yu and Andiara Schwingel

As life expectancy increases, population aging has become an important focus of global health. Aging is associated with increased burden of chronic diseases and increased health care costs. This is an important challenge to global economic stability in the 21st century ( Prince et al., 2015 ). Both

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Kayla Regan, Felicia White, David Harvey, and Laura E. Middleton

and formal caring cost $818 billion worldwide in 2015 ( Prince et al., 2016 ). On an individual level, people with dementia (PWD) often experience physical impairment and social isolation in addition to cognitive decline ( Montero-Odasso, Verghese, Beauchet, & Hausdorff, 2012 ). PWD report poorer