Is a Perceived Activity-Friendly Environment Associated with More Physical Activity and Fewer Screen-Based Activities in Adolescents?

Jaroslava Kopcakova*, Zuzana Dankulincova Veselska, Andrea Madarasova Geckova, Jens Bucksch, Hanna Nalecz, Dagmar Sigmundova, Jitse P. van Dijk, Sijmen A. Reijneveld

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Abstract

Background: The aim of this study is to explore if perception of an activity-friendly environment is associated with more physical activity and fewer screen-based activities among adolescents. Methods: We collected self-reported data in 2014 via the Health Behavior in School-aged Children cross-sectional study from four European countries (n = 13,800, mean age = 14.4, 49.4% boys). We explored the association of perceived environment (e.g., "There are other children nearby home to go out and play with") with physical activity and screen-based activities using a binary logistic regression model adjusted for age, gender, family affluence and country. Results: An environment perceived as activity-friendly was associated with higher odds that adolescents meet recommendations for physical activity (odds ratio (OR) for one standard deviation (SD) change = 1.11, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.05-1.18) and lower odds for excessive screen-based activities (OR for 1 SD better = 0.93, 95% CI 0.88-0.98). Conclusions: Investment into an activity-friendly environment may support the promotion of active life styles in adolescence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number39
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3-Jan-2017

Keywords

  • physical activity
  • screen-based activities
  • perceived activity-friendly environment
  • adolescence
  • NORWEGIAN SECONDARY-SCHOOLS
  • SEDENTARY BEHAVIOR
  • NEIGHBORHOOD ENVIRONMENT
  • AGED CHILDREN
  • YOUTH
  • COUNTRIES

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