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ERIC Number: EJ1147198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
The Role of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Substance Use and Risky Sex Behaviors in Hispanic Adolescents
Lebron, Cynthia; Stoutenberg, Mark; Janowsky, Mariel; Asfour, Lila; Huang, Shi; Prado, Guillermo
Journal of Early Adolescence, v37 n7 p910-924 Aug 2017
The purpose of our study was to investigate the potential relationships in Hispanic adolescents (n = 575) between substance use and/or risky sexual behaviors and (a) physical activity (PA) and (b) sedentary time and (c) the moderating effect of gender. PA levels and sedentary behaviors were assessed using the PA Questionnaire for Adolescents, while risky behaviors were assessed using items similar to those used in the national epidemiological study, "Monitoring the Future." We found significant, positive associations between PA and smoking, drug use, and risky sex measures. Similar positive associations existed between sedentary time and risky behaviors. However, after stratifying by gender, most of the relationships remained significant only for males. Our study is among the first to examine these relationships in Hispanic adolescents. Given the emphasis on increasing PA and decreasing sedentary behavior in adolescents, more efforts should be dedicated to understanding the effect of these lifestyle habits on risky behaviors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS); National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) (NIH); National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) (DHHS/NIH); National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Grant or Contract Numbers: R01DA025192; 3R01DA025192S1; 1KL2TR000461