Life transitions and changing physical activity patterns in young women

Brown, W. J. and Trost, S. G. (2003) Life transitions and changing physical activity patterns in young women. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 25 2: 140-143. doi:10.1016/S0749-3797(03)00119-3

Author Brown, W. J.
Trost, S. G.
Title Life transitions and changing physical activity patterns in young women
Journal name American Journal of Preventive Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0749-3797
Publication date 2003-01-01
Year available 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0749-3797(03)00119-3
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 140
End page 143
Total pages 4
Editor F. D. Scutchfield
K. Patrick
C. S. Seidman
Place of publication New York
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject C1
321216 Health Promotion
730201 Women's health
730301 Health education and promotion
Abstract Background: Physical activity (PA) patterns are likely to change in young adulthood in line with changes in lifestyle that occur in the transition from adolescence to adulthood. The aim of this study was to ascertain whether key life events experienced by young women in their early twenties are associated with increasing levels of inactivity. Methods: This was a 4-year follow-up of 7281 participants (aged 18 to 23 years at baseline) in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women's Health, with self-reported measures of PA, life events, body mass index (BMI), and sociodemographic variables. Results: The cross-sectional data indicated no change in PA between baseline (57% active) and follow-up (56% active). However, for almost 40% of the sample, PA category changed between baseline and follow-up, with approximately 20% of the women changing from being active to inactive, and another 20% changing from being inactive to active. After adjustment for age, other sociodemographic variables, BMI, and PA at baseline, women who reported getting married, having a first or subsequent child, or beginning paid work were more likely to be inactive at follow-up than those who did not report these events. Conclusions: The results suggest that life events such as getting married, having children, and starting work are associated with decreased levels of PA in young adult women. Strategies are needed to promote maintenance of activity at the time when most women experience these key life-stage transitions.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Medicine, General & Internal
Health Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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