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Socioeconomic position and physical activity among women in Melbourne, Australia: Does the use of different socioeconomic indicators matter?

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Cleland, V and Ball, K and Crawford, D, Socioeconomic position and physical activity among women in Melbourne, Australia: Does the use of different socioeconomic indicators matter?, Social Science and Medicine, 74, (10) pp. 1578-1583. ISSN 0277-9536 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.01.031

Abstract

This study aimed to identify which indicators of socioeconomic position (SEP) are independently associated with leisure-time physical activity among women. In 2005, women (n = 1166; 18-65 years) from Melbourne, Australia, reported their own (education, occupation, income), their partner's (education, occupation), their household (home ownership, ability to cope with income), and their neighbourhood (area-level) SEP, and leisure-time physical activity. Multinomial logistic regression examined associations between SEP indicators and leisure-time physical activity categorized as: none (no min/week; reference group), insufficient (1-149 min/week), and sufficient (150 min/week). In the fully adjusted model, lower education, lower partner's education (where applicable), and non-home ownership were independently associated with between 33% and 50% lower odds of sufficient physical activity, while lower income and lower area-level SEP were associated with 40% lower odds of insufficient physical activity. Understandings of socioeconomic inequalities in physical activity among women may be enhanced if a range of SEP indicators are used, particularly education, partner's education and home ownership.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:indicators, exercise behaviour, adult females, leisure-time, disadvantage, inequality, Australia, socioeconomic position
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Epidemiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Cardiovascular System and Diseases
Author:Cleland, V (Dr Verity Cleland)
ID Code:78416
Year Published:2012
Funding Support:National Health and Medical Research Council (0533917)
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2012-06-27
Last Modified:2013-04-16
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