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dc.contributor.authorSuetani, Shuichi
dc.contributor.authorMamun, Abdullah
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Gail M
dc.contributor.authorNajman, Jake M
dc.contributor.authorMcGrath, John J
dc.contributor.authorScott, James G
dc.description.abstractObjective Previous studies provide mixed evidence that physical activity engagement (PAE) in adolescence is associated with later mental health outcomes. This study aimed to examine the association between PAE at age 14 and mental health outcomes at age 21 using a large birth cohort study. Material and methods Prospective data from the Mater-University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy, consisting of 3493 young adults, were analyzed. PAE at age 14 was estimated using self-report, and participants were categorized into; (1) frequent, (2) infrequent, or (3) no PAE group. Mental health outcomes at age 21 consisted of; (1) common mental disorders, (2) psychosis-related outcomes, and, (3) emotional and behavioral problems. The association between PAE in adolescence and later mental health outcomes in young adulthood was examined using logistic regression, adjusted for age, sex, body mass index, and adolescent psychopathology. Results No PAE at age 14 was associated with the increased likelihood of lifetime diagnosis of any affective disorder, elevated delusional ideation, and endorsement of visual perceptual disturbance at age 21. Conversely, infrequent PAE at age 14 was associated with the decreased likelihood of subsequent lifetime diagnosis of any substance use disorder. Conclusion Our findings suggest that lack of PAE in adolescence influences some, but not all, later mental health outcomes. Interventions to increase PAE in adolescence may represent an opportunity to prevent future mental health problems.
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Psychiatric Research
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBiomedical and clinical sciences
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technology
dc.subject.keywordsLife Sciences & Biomedicine
dc.subject.keywordsPhysical activity
dc.subject.keywordsCommon mental disorders
dc.titleLongitudinal association between physical activity engagement during adolescence and mental health outcomes in young adults: A 21-year birth cohort study
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationSuetani, S; Mamun, A; Williams, GM; Najman, JM; McGrath, JJ; Scott, JG, Longitudinal association between physical activity engagement during adolescence and mental health outcomes in young adults: A 21-year birth cohort study, Journal of Psychiatric Research, 2017, 94, pp. 116-123
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