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Associations between older African academics' physical activity, walkability and mental health: a social distancing perspective.

Asiamah, Nestor and Vieira, Edgar Ramos and Kouveliotis, Kyriakos and Gasana, Janvier and Awuviry-Newton, Kofi and Eduafo, Richard (2022) 'Associations between older African academics' physical activity, walkability and mental health: a social distancing perspective.' Health Promotion International, 37 (2). daab093-. ISSN 0957-4824

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Abstract

This study aimed to assess the moderating influence of neighborhood walkability on the association between physical activity (PA) and mental health among older African academics aged 50 years or more in cities with social distancing protocols in response to the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). A total of 905 volunteer academics participated in the study. A hierarchical linear regression analysis was employed to conduct sensitivity analyses and test the study hypotheses. After controlling for sex, education and age, there was a positive association between PA and mental health. Neighborhood walkability moderated the relationship between PA and mental health, which suggests that during the pandemic PA was associated with higher mental health scores in more walkable neighborhoods. The study concludes that PA was beneficial to mental health in the social distancing context and was associated with higher mental health in more walkable neighborhoods, particularly in a social distancing context.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: physical activity; neighborhood walkability; mental health; academics; social distancing; Africa
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2021 10:21
Last Modified: 13 May 2022 18:40
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31713

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