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Sedentary behavior and depression among adults : a review

journal contribution
posted on 01.12.2010, 00:00 authored by Megan TeychenneMegan Teychenne, Kylie BallKylie Ball, Jo SalmonJo Salmon
Background Physically inactive lifestyles and sedentary behaviors (SB) are key contributors to ill health. Although the association between SB (e.g., watching TV/using the computer) and physical health has been well documented, increasing research has focused on the possible link between SB and mental health (e.g., depression).

Purpose
This review aims to investigate the effect of SB on the risk of depression in adults.

Method A systematic search for original research articles investigating associations between SB and depression in adults was performed using the several electronic data bases.

Results A total of seven observational and four intervention studies were included in this review. All observational studies found positive associations between SB and risk of depression, while intervention studies showed contradictory results.

Conclusion
Evidence for the relationship between SB and risk of depression in adults is limited by methodological weaknesses. However, on balance, this review suggests that SB is associated with an increased risk of depression. Further studies are needed assessing different types of SB and depression; the interrelationship between physical activity, SB, and depression; causal links between SB and depression; and intervention strategies aimed at reducing SB and their effects on risk of depression.

History

Journal

International journal of behavioral medicine

Volume

17

Issue

4

Pagination

246 - 254

Publisher

Springer

Location

New York, N.Y.

ISSN

1070-5503

eISSN

1532-7558

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, Springer