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

Azar, Denise, Ball, Kylie, Salmon, Jo and Cleland, Verity 2011, Individual, social, and physical environmental correlates of physical activity among young women at risk of depression, Journal of physical activity and health, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 133-140.

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Title Individual, social, and physical environmental correlates of physical activity among young women at risk of depression
Author(s) Azar, Denise
Ball, Kylie
Salmon, Jo
Cleland, Verity
Journal name Journal of physical activity and health
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Start page 133
End page 140
Total pages 8
Publisher Human Kinetices
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2011-01
ISSN 1543-3080
1543-5474
Keyword(s) depressive symptoms
exercise
mental health
young adults
Summary 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 18-35 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.
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Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Human Kinetics
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