Correlates of adult physical activity participation in the tropics

Devine, Susan G., Buettner, Petra G., and Mummery, Kerry (2009) Correlates of adult physical activity participation in the tropics. Journal of Rural and Tropical Public Health, 8. pp. 30-37.

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Abstract

Background: Understanding socio-environmental correlates of physical activity is important for future planning of health promotion actions to address physical inactivity however there are limited studies that specifically focus on populations living in a tropical environment.

Methods: A mailed questionnaire assessing self-report measures of physical activity, barriers, perception of the physical and social environment, self efficacy and social support was administered to 1,930 neighbourhood residents (response rate 22%) in a tropical regional centre in Australia in 2004.

Results: Almost 67% (95% confidence interval = [62.3, 71.3]) of respondents were sufficiently active for health. Respondents who were sufficiently active for health were more likely to score high on the self-efficacy (p<0.001) and on the social support (p=0.002) scores. Respondents who were sufficiently active for health were more likely to be self-motivated (p=0.010), could be active even when they are tired (p=0.001), have family support to be active (p=0.003), and perceive their neighbourhood as safe for walking (p=0.031).

Conclusions: Social variables were more strongly associated with physical activity behaviour than environmental factors.

Item ID: 5334
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: health promotion frameworks, occupational health and safety, action research, workplace settings, physical activity, environment, barriers, tropics
ISSN: 1832-2921
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2009 00:54
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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