Levels and correlates of domain-specific physical activity in university students: cross-sectional findings from Croatia | [Razina i korelati tjelesne aktivnosti u razliĉitim domenama kod studenata: Rezultati transverzalnog istraẑivanja iz Hrvatske]

Pedisic, Zeljko and Rakovac, Marija and Bennie, Jason and Jurakic, Danijel and Bauman, Adrian E. (2014) Levels and correlates of domain-specific physical activity in university students: cross-sectional findings from Croatia | [Razina i korelati tjelesne aktivnosti u razliĉitim domenama kod studenata: Rezultati transverzalnog istraẑivanja iz Hrvatske]. Kinesiology, 46 (1). pp. 12-22. ISSN 1331-1441

Abstract

This cross-sectional study was conducted to determine domain-specific physical activity (PA) levels
and their relationship with self-rated health, socio-demographic and lifestyle characteristics among Croatian
university students. The data were collected using self-administered questionnaires on a random sample
of 1,254 students (62.4% females) living in university residence halls in Zagreb, Croatia. PA levels were
assessed by using the long version of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ), with additional
questions asked on gender, age, current year of study, personal monthly budget, community size, smoking
status, alcohol intake, body mass index, and self-rated health. The prevalence of insufficient PA was 28.4%
(95% CI, 25.1–31.7) and 28.8% (95% CI, 24.6–33.1) among female and male students, respectively. No
significant difference was found between genders (p=.867). Male students were significantly more active
in the leisure-time domain, while female students reported significantly higher domestic PA (p<.001). A
multiple regression analysis showed that leisure-time PA is negatively associated with smoking (partial
correlation [rXY∙Z]=-.07; p=.028), and positively associated with male gender (rXY∙Z=.06; p=.040), year of study
(rXY∙Z=.09; p=.003), size of community (rXY∙Z=.08; p=.010), and self-rated health (rXY∙Z=.13; p<.001) (multiple
R=.23; p<.001). In conclusion, low levels of PA are prevalent among Croatian university students, which
indicates a need for PA promotion efforts among this population. Future interventions should especially
target females, earlier years of study, students from smaller communities, smokers, and students reporting
poorer general health status.


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Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2017 06:35
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Uncontrolled Keywords: motor activity; exercise; college; IPAQ-long
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33388

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