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Title: Is there a link between self-perceived stress and physical activity levels in Scottish adolescents?
Author(s): Cowley, Joe
Kiely, John
Collins, Dave
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Keywords: adolescents
physical education
physical activity
Issue Date: Feb-2019
Citation: Cowley J, Kiely J & Collins D (2019) Is there a link between self-perceived stress and physical activity levels in Scottish adolescents?. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 31 (1), Art. No.: 20160104.
Abstract: Purpose Accumulating life stress is a driving factor underlying the most pervasive, incapacitating health conditions in 21st century, First World societies. The most widely supported strategy, for remediating the negative health consequences of elevated life stress, is physical activity (PA). Evidence also suggests accumulating life stress impedes PA uptake. Thus, ironically, persistently elevated life stress not only negatively impacts multiple dimensions of health, simultaneously it may also reduce likelihood of participation in the most effective remediating strategy, PA. This study sought to compare patterns of PA uptake in adolescents of low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds, a significant risk factor for elevated biopsychosocial stress, with more affluent age-matched peers. Related health behaviours such as smoking and alcohol consumption were also analysed. Methods PA patterns were determined using the Physical Activity Questionnaire for High School (PAQA). Stress scores were assessed using the 10-item perceived stress scale (PSS-10). Results PA scores were significantly different between groups (p 
DOI Link: 10.1515/ijamh-2016-0104
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