Correlates of adults' participation in physical activity: review and update

Trost, Stewart G., Owen, Neville, Bauman, Adrian E., Sallis, James F. and Brown, Wendy (2002) Correlates of adults' participation in physical activity: review and update. Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise, 34 12: 1996-2001. doi:10.1249/01.MSS.0000038974.76900.92

Author Trost, Stewart G.
Owen, Neville
Bauman, Adrian E.
Sallis, James F.
Brown, Wendy
Title Correlates of adults' participation in physical activity: review and update
Journal name Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0195-9131
Publication date 2002-12-01
Year available 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1249/01.MSS.0000038974.76900.92
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 34
Issue 12
Start page 1996
End page 2001
Total pages 6
Editor K. O. Wilson
Place of publication Philadelphia
Publisher Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
Language eng
Subject C1
321299 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
730217 Health status (e.g. indicators of well-being)
Abstract P
Formatted abstract
Purpose: To review and update the evidence relating to the personal, social, and environmental factors associated with physical activity (PA) in adults.

Systematic review of the peer-reviewed literature to identify papers published between 1998 and 2000 with PA (and including exercise and exercise adherence). Qualitative reports or case studies were not included.

Results: Thirty-eight new studies were located. Most confirmed the existence of factors already known to be correlates of PA. Changes in status were noted in relation to the influence of marital status, obesity, smoking, lack of time, past exercise behavior, and eight environmental variables. New studies were located which focused on previously understudied population groups such as minorities, middle and older aged adults, and the disabled.

The newly reported studies tend to take a broader "ecological" approach to understanding the correlates of PA and are more focused on environmental factors. There remains a need to better understand environmental influences and the factors that influence different types of PA. As most of the work in this field still relies on cross-sectional studies, longitudinal and intervention studies will be required if causal relationships are to be inferred.
Keyword Sport Sciences
Literature Review
Planned Behavior
Older Adults
Exercise Behavior
Activity Patterns
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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