Sociodemographic and socioeconomic variations in leisure time physical activity in a sample of Hungarian youth

B. Pikó, Noémi Keresztes

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Abstract

Objectives: The main goal of the present study is to detect the relationship between youth's leisure time physical activity and a set of sociodemographic (age, gender, family stucture) and socioeconomic variables (SES and parental schooling). Methods: Data were collected among Hungarian youth (middle and high school students, N = 1662) aged between 10-20 years using a self-administered questionnaire. Results: Our findings did not indicate gender differences during the years of middle school, whereas gender differences became significant during the years of high school. In multivariate analyses, parental schooling played a decisive role in youth's physical activity, wheres SES self-assessment did not remain significant. Conclusion: These findings provide some useful information on characteristics of the target groups for health education programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-310
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Public Health
Volume53
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Keywords

  • Health inequalities
  • Leisure time physical activity
  • Sociodemographics
  • Youth

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)

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Sociodemographic and socioeconomic variations in leisure time physical activity in a sample of Hungarian youth. / Pikó, B.; Keresztes, Noémi.

In: International Journal of Public Health, Vol. 53, No. 6, 2008, p. 306-310.

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