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Cine y envejecimiento activo: la imagen de la actividad física en las películas (Cinema and active aging: the image of physical activity in the movies)

By Trinidad Núñez Domínguez


The aim of this study was to analyze the image movies present of older people engaging in physical and sports activities. A review of the literature showed that although the topic was addressed in broad terms, there was a specific gap regarding physical activity. Thus, we descriptively and analytically explored this topic, beginning by reviewing two main concepts: physical activity and sports/older people. Subsequently, we reviewed all the films advertised on Spanish billboards in 2012 in order to select those whose central theme was related to older people. Finally, we applied a content analysis coding frame to films that include scenes in which such activities occur. Early findings indicate that older people are not a subject of interest in movies (barely 4% address this theme). Furthermore, when movies focus on older people and physical activity, a high percentage show them practicing the type of sport expected of an older person, which suggests that the movies continue to offer a biased image of today's older people. Nevertheless, we have also found data suggestive of a positive change toward breaking this biased image of older people in movies

Topics: Physical Activity, Sport, Movies, Active Aging., Psychology, BF1-990, Philosophy. Psychology. Religion, B, DOAJ:Psychology, DOAJ:Social Sciences
Publisher: Universidad de Málaga
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.5231/psy.writ.2013.2006
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