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Physical activity correlates in young women with depressive symptoms: a qualitative study


Azar, D and Ball, K and Salmon, J and Cleland, V, Physical activity correlates in young women with depressive symptoms: a qualitative study, The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 7, (3) pp. 2-11. ISSN 1479-5868 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1186/1479-5868-7-3


Background: Young women are at high risk for developing depression and participation in physical activity may prevent or treat the disorder. However, the influences on physical activity behaviors of young women with depression are not well understood. The aim of this study was to gather in-depth information about the correlates of physical activity among young women with and without depressive symptoms. Methods: A sample of 40 young women (aged 18-30 years), 20 with depressive symptoms (assessed using the CES-D 10) and 20 without depressive symptoms participated in one-on-one semi-structured interviews. A socialecological framework was used, focusing on the individual, social and physical environmental influences on physical activity. Thematic analyses were performed on transcribed interview data. Results: The results indicated several key themes that were unique to women with depressive symptoms. These women more often described negative physical activity experiences during their youth, more barriers to physical activity, participating in more spontaneous than planned activity, lower self-efficacy for physical activity and being influenced by their friends’ and family’s inactivity. Conclusions: Interventions designed to promote physical activity in this important target group should consider strategies to reduce/overcome early life negative experiences, engage support from family and friends and plan for activity in advance.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Cleland, V (Associate Professor Verity Cleland)
ID Code:72311
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2011-08-25
Last Modified:2011-08-25

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