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Individual, social and physical environmental correlates of physical activity among young women at risk of depression

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Azar, D and Ball, K and Salmon, J and Cleland, V, Individual, social and physical environmental correlates of physical activity among young women at risk of depression, Journal of Physical Activity & Health , 8 pp. 133-140. ISSN 1543-3080 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1123/jpah.8.1.133

Abstract

Background: A number of factors have been identified as important correlates of physical activity (PA) among young women. Young women at risk of depression have a greater likelihood of being physically inactive and it is unknown whether correlates differ for women at risk and not at risk of depression. Methods: A sample of 451 women aged 18 to 35 years self-reported leisure-time PA, enjoyment of and self-efficacy for walking and vigorous PA, barriers, social support, access to sporting/leisure facilities, and access to sporting equipment in the home. Depression risk was assessed using the General Health Questionnaire (cut point ≥5). Logistic regression analyses examined differences in PA correlates among women at risk and not at risk of depression. Results: Self-efficacy for vigorous PA was statistically different between groups in predicting odds for meeting PA recommendations but odds ratios were similar across groups. No other significant interactions between correlates and depressive symptoms were identified. Conclusions: The findings suggest few differences in the individual, social, and physical environmental correlates of PA among young women who are and are not at risk of depression. Further research is needed to confirm the existence of any PA correlates specific to this high-risk target group. © 2011 Human Kinetics, Inc.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Epidemiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and Health
Author:Cleland, V (Dr Verity Cleland)
ID Code:72373
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2011-08-25
Last Modified:2017-11-01
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