Prevalence of sedentary behaviour in young people in Romania and Slovakia

Soos, Istvan and Biddle, Stuart ORCID: and Boros-Balint, Iuliana and Sandor, Iosif and Szabo, Peter and Hamar, Pal and Simonek, Jaromir (2012) Prevalence of sedentary behaviour in young people in Romania and Slovakia. European Physical Education Review, 18 (1). pp. 19-46. ISSN 1356-336X


Sedentary behaviour is becoming a popular area of health research, but most studies report data on samples from Australia, the UK and USA, and on a narrow range of behaviours. The present study reports on the prevalence of multiple sedentary behaviours in a sample of secondary school students (n = 635; mean age 16.0 years) from Romania and Slovakia. Ecological Momentary Assessment diaries were used to record multiple behaviours across weekdays and weekend days. Results showed high levels of many sedentary behaviours, particularly for screen time at weekends. Other behaviours included homework, sedentary socializing and motorized transport. Gender, age and country differences were evident for some behaviours. Interventions may need to account for socio-demographic moderators, and studies need to assess multiple sedentary behaviours. © North West Counties Physical Education Association, SAGE Publications 2012.

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Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 06:22
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Uncontrolled Keywords: ecological Momentary Assessment; Romania; screen time; sedentary behaviour; Slovakia;
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
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