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Environmental Correlates of Physical Activity in Young Adults

Jekal, Yoon-Suk (2005) Environmental Correlates of Physical Activity in Young Adults. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this study was to examine the association between environmental correlates and physical activity (PA) levels in young adults. The sample consisted of 369 females and 315 males, aged 24-30 years (84% white; 14% black). Physical activity (hrs/wk) averaged over the past year and number of days of vigorous PA was assessed by questionnaire. Proximity to recreational facilities, home exercise equipment, neighborhood characteristics, and barriers to physical activity were also assessed by questionnaire. Gender-specific analyses were conducted to compare mean scores for each environmental correlate across quartiles of total physical activity and across level of vigorous physical activity. Gender-specific analyses were conducted to examine the odds of a barrier being reported across quartiles of total physical activity and across level of vigorous physical activity. After adjusting for all potential covariates, in females, home exercise equipment was significantly related to vigorous physical activity (OR=1.26, 95% CI=1.10-1.42), and in both genders, proximity to recreational facilities (p=0.005 in males; p=0.012 in females) and home exercise equipment (p<0.001 in males; p<0.001 in females) were significantly associated with total physical activity. In males, a lack of good weather (OR=2.88, 95%CI=1.12-7.42) and a lack of facilities (OR=4.43, 95%CI=1.47-13.37) were significantly associated with an insufficient amount of vigorous physical activity, and a lack of equipment and facilities were negatively related to total physical activity. In conclusion, environmental correlates and barriers significantly influence leisure-time physical activity in young adults.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairAaron, Deborah Jdebaaron@pitt.eduDEBAARON
Committee MemberGallagher, Jere Dgal@pitt.eduGAL
Committee MemberRobertson, Robert Jrrobert@pitt.eduRROBERT
Committee MemberArena, Vincent Carena@pitt.eduARENA
Date: 19 August 2005
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 18 July 2005
Approval Date: 19 August 2005
Submission Date: 8 August 2005
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Health, Physical, Recreational Education
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environmental Correlates; Physical activity; Young Adults
Other ID:, etd-08082005-141552
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:58
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:48


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