Correlates of physical activity among adults with anxiety symptoms in South Africa

SOURCE: Journal of Psychology in Africa
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2019
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.Pengpid, K.Peltzer
KEYWORDS: ADULTS, ANXIETY, SOCIO DEMOGRAPHIC FACTORS
DEPARTMENT: Social Aspects of Public Health (SAPH)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11132

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Abstract

The present study aimed to assess the correlates of low physical activity in adults with anxiety in South Africa Data from the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (a cross-sectional survey in 2012) were utilised The sample included 1 811 persons 15 years and older (median age 40 years, interquartile range = 28) with anxiety Overall, 42 2% of the sample engaged in low physical activity In the final logistic regression model, socio-demographic factors (older age, being female, and urban residence), health status factors (functional disability and stroke), and health risk behaviours (no current tobacco use and no problem drinking) were associated with low physical activity Findings suggest that physical activity behaviour interventions in South African adults with anxiety could target at risk groups identified in this study.