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Murray, P A.1; Aaron, D J.1; Storti, K L.1; Hindes, K M.1; Kriska, A M. FACSM1; LaPorte, R E.1

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: May 2002 - Volume 34 - Issue 5 - p S254
G20i Thematic Poster Session Tracking of Physical Activity

1University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

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To examine the relationship between life transitions and the physical activity levels of young adults.

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A total of 132 males and 135 females (mean age 24.7 yrs) completed a telephone survey of their current level of physical activity (hrs/wk) and participation in competitive activities (yes/no). Data were collected on a number of sociodemographic characteristics, considered to be major life transitions, such as marriage, having children, etc. and which could potentially impact the physical activity level of young adults.

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In the total sample, 39% were married, 29% had at least one child, 70% lived on their own, and 19% were still attending school. Females were significantly more likely to be married (p < .05) and to have children (p < .01) compared to males. Males reported more significantly more physical activity (8.5 hrs/wk vs. 4.2 hrs/wk, p < .01) and were significantly more likely to participate in competitive activities (p < .01). Due to these gender differences, separate analyses were conducted for males and females. Among both males and females, there were no significant differences in hrs/wk of PA or participation rates in competitive activities based on marital status, having children, residence, or attendance at school.

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These data indicate that several of the major life transitions that occur in the period immediately following high school and college do not appear to have any impact on the physical activity levels in young adults.

Supported by NICHD (HD35607)

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