Life events and changing physical activity patterns in women at different life stages

Brown, Wendy J., Heesch, Kristiann C. and Miller, Yvette D. (2009) Life events and changing physical activity patterns in women at different life stages. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37 3: 294-305. doi:10.1007/s12160-009-9099-2

Author Brown, Wendy J.
Heesch, Kristiann C.
Miller, Yvette D.
Title Life events and changing physical activity patterns in women at different life stages
Journal name Annals of Behavioral Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0883-6612
Publication date 2009-06-09
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s12160-009-9099-2
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 37
Issue 3
Start page 294
End page 305
Total pages 12
Editor Alan J. Christensen
Place of publication New York, NY
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Language eng
Subject C1
920401 Behaviour and Health
920507 Women's Health
111712 Health Promotion
1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Abstract Background: The impact of life events on physical activity (PA) is little understood. Purpose The purpose of this study is to examine relationships between specific life events and changes in PA in three cohorts of Australian women. Methods Young (N = 7,173; age 22–27 years), mid-age (N = 8,762; 51–56 years), and older (N  = 6,660; 73–78 years) participants in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health completed surveys on two occasions, 3 years apart. Results: About one third of the young and mid-age women and one quarter of the older women were “active” at both times. Decreasing PA was associated with marriage and childbirth in young women and with declining health in older women. Increasing PA was associated with retirement and death of spouse in the mid-age women. Stressful events such as divorce, harassment at work, and violence were also associated with changing PA. Conclusions: There were significant associations between age-specific life events and PA changes. Understanding these relationships could inform interventions for preventing declines in activity at specific life stages.
Keyword Australia
cohort study
life experiences
women's health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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