Impact of physical activity on psychological distress: a prospective analysis of an Australian national sample

Perales, Francisco, Del Pozo-Cruz, Jesus and Del Pozo-Cruz, Borja (2014) Impact of physical activity on psychological distress: a prospective analysis of an Australian national sample. American journal of public health, 104 12: e91-e97. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302169


Author Perales, Francisco
Del Pozo-Cruz, Jesus
Del Pozo-Cruz, Borja
Title Impact of physical activity on psychological distress: a prospective analysis of an Australian national sample
Journal name American journal of public health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1541-0048
0090-0036
Publication date 2014-10-16
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302169
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 104
Issue 12
Start page e91
End page e97
Total pages 7
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Public Health Association
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives. We analyzed the individual-level associations between participation in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and psychological distress levels using a large, nationally representative, longitudinal sample and multivariable panel regression models.

Methods. We used 3 waves of panel data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey, consisting of 34 000 observations from 17 000 individuals and covering 2007, 2009, and 2011. We used fixed-effects panel regression models accounting for observable and unobservable confounders to examine the relationships between the weekly frequency of MVPA and summary measures of psychological distress based on the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale.

Results. We found substantial and highly statistically significant associations between the frequency of MVPA and different indicators of psychological distress. Frequent participation in MVPA reduces psychological distress and decreases the likelihood of falling into a high-risk category.

Conclusions. Our findings underscore the importance of placing physical activity at the core of health promotion initiatives aimed at preventing and remedying psychological discomfort.




Keyword Physical activity
Psychological distress
Panel data
Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print October 16, 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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