Longitudinal analysis of virtual community perceptions of cohesion: The role of cooperation, communication, and competition

Annmarie A. Lyles, Colleen Loomis, Scherezade Kelly Mama, Sameer Siddiqi, Rebecca E. Lee

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Online, virtual group interactions may help adherence to health promotion programs. The purpose of this study was to explore longitudinal relationships among dimensions of group cohesion and group-interaction variables to inform and improve group-based strategies within programs aimed at promoting physical activity in virtual communities. In all, 56 online virtual users completed a group dynamics–based physical activity promotion intervention and assessments of group cohesion and group interaction at baseline and 4 weeks. Friendly competition and cooperation were consistently strong predictors of cohesion. Facilitating a sense of friendly competition and cooperation may increase engagement in physical activity programs by bolstering group cohesion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1677-1688
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume23
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018

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Lyles, Annmarie A. ; Loomis, Colleen ; Mama, Scherezade Kelly ; Siddiqi, Sameer ; Lee, Rebecca E. / Longitudinal analysis of virtual community perceptions of cohesion : The role of cooperation, communication, and competition. In: Journal of Health Psychology. 2018 ; Vol. 23, No. 13. pp. 1677-1688.
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In: Journal of Health Psychology, Vol. 23, No. 13, 01.11.2018, p. 1677-1688.

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