Psychosocial correlates of leisure-time walking among Australian adults of lower and higher socio-economic status

Janssen, Eva, Sugiyama, Takemi, Winkler, Elisabeth, de Vries, Hein, Poel, Fam te and Owen, Neville (2010) Psychosocial correlates of leisure-time walking among Australian adults of lower and higher socio-economic status. Health Education Research, 25 2: 316-324. doi:10.1093/her/cyp012


Author Janssen, Eva
Sugiyama, Takemi
Winkler, Elisabeth
de Vries, Hein
Poel, Fam te
Owen, Neville
Title Psychosocial correlates of leisure-time walking among Australian adults of lower and higher socio-economic status
Journal name Health Education Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0268-1153
1465-3648
Publication date 2010-04
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/her/cyp012
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 316
End page 324
Total pages 9
Place of publication Cary, NC, United States
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Adults of lower socio-economic status (SES) participate less in physical activity than those of higher SES. Understanding the correlates of physical activity participation and how these may differ between socio-economic groups can inform policies and physical activity promotion strategies. The psychosocial correlates of leisure-time walking (the most common voluntary physical activity of adults) were assessed using a survey of 2488 randomly sampled Australian adults (response rate=74.2%). Among respondents of higher SES, there were higher levels of positive cognitions towards physical activity, and walking for leisure was more prevalent than among those of lower SES. Relationships of psychosocial attributes with leisure-time walking differed by SES. The strongest correlate of leisure-time walking was perceived barriers for lower SES adults and enjoyment for those of higher SES. Social support from friends was associated with walking for both groups, while the effect of support from family was significant only for adults of lower SES. Strategies influencing leisure-time walking may have to target the specific needs of different socio-economic groups. For example, removing perceived barriers may be more appropriate to promote walking among lower SES adults. Interventions tailored for lower SES groups may help close the socio-economic gap in physical activity participation. © The Author 2009. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
Keyword Physical-activity Questionnaire
Behavior
Participation
Determinants
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes First published online: March 23, 2009

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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