Emerging adulthood and patterns of physical activity among young Australian women

Bell, Sandra and Lee, Christina (2005) Emerging adulthood and patterns of physical activity among young Australian women. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 12 4: 227-235. doi:10.1207/s15327558ijbm1204_3

Author Bell, Sandra
Lee, Christina
Title Emerging adulthood and patterns of physical activity among young Australian women
Journal name International Journal of Behavioral Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1070-5503
Publication date 2005-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1207/s15327558ijbm1204_3
Volume 12
Issue 4
Start page 227
End page 235
Total pages 9
Editor Robert M. Kaplan
Place of publication USA
Publisher Lawrence Erlbaum
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
321202 Epidemiology
730201 Women's health
Abstract The transition from adolescence to young adulthood is associated with a sharp decline in physical activity, particularly for women. This article explores the relations between physical activity status and change and status and change in four life domains: residential independence, employment status, relationship status, and motherhood. Two waves of survey data from a representative sample of 8,545 Australian women, aged 18-23 at Survey 1 and 22-27 at Survey 2, were analyzed. Cross-sectionally, physical inactivity was most strongly related to being a mother married, and not being in the labor force. Longitudinally, decreases in physical activity were most strongly associated with moving into a live-in relationship, with getting married, and with becoming a mother When considered in combination, women who were married with children and not employed outside the home were the most likely to be physically inactive. The data suggest that adoption of adult statuses, particularly traditional roles involving family relationships and motherhood, is associated with reductions in physical activity for these women, although it is possible that the effect is driven by socioeconomic factors associated with early transitions. The data suggest a need for interventions to promote continued physical activity among young women who cohabit or marry and among those not in the workforce, in addition to those supporting young mothers to be physically active.
Keyword Psychology, Clinical
Physical Activity
Emerging Adulthood
Life Transitions
Q-Index Code C1

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