Mental health benefits of physical activity for young people

Biddle, Stuart J. H. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7663-6895 and Vergeer, Ineke ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6560-9023 (2020) Mental health benefits of physical activity for young people. In: The Routledge Handbook of Youth Physical Activity. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York, United States, pp. 121-147. ISBN 978-1-138-33154-9

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Abstract

The case for mental health benefits across the lifespan is strong. However, earliest research field is also complex, and there is uncertainty regarding some issues. This chapter focuses on the links between involvement in physical activity and various mental health outcomes in young people. Given the diversity of psychological and mental health states and conditions that can be experienced, the chapter will focus on the key themes of self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Self-esteem, for example, is considered a key indicator of mental health, including emotional stability and subjective well-being, and is often a strong focus for educational programs for young people. The wider concept of HRQoL includes psychological as well physical and functional health components. Depression and anxiety states and disorders are common, including day-to-day mood changes that may affect functioning. Self-esteem is a term used in daily life, including in general conversations by parents, teachers, and managers at work.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2021 00:22
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2021 04:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: youth; mental health; physical activity
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420699 Public health not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200409 Mental health
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003026426
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/45406

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