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01.12.2017 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2017 Open Access

Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine 1/2017

Attitude and practice of physical activity and social problem-solving ability among university students

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Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine > Ausgabe 1/2017
Autoren:
Toshimasa Sone, Yousuke Kawachi, Chihiro Abe, Yuki Otomo, Yul-wan Sung, Seiji Ogawa
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​s12199-017-0625-8) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Abstract

Background

Effective social problem-solving abilities can contribute to decreased risk of poor mental health. In addition, physical activity has a favorable effect on mental health. These previous studies suggest that physical activity and social problem-solving ability can interact by helping to sustain mental health. The present study aimed to determine the association between attitude and practice of physical activity and social problem-solving ability among university students.

Methods

Information on physical activity and social problem-solving was collected using a self-administered questionnaire. We analyzed data from 185 students who participated in the questionnaire surveys and psychological tests. Social problem-solving as measured by the Social Problem-Solving Inventory-Revised (SPSI-R) (median score 10.85) was the dependent variable. Multiple logistic regression analysis was employed to calculate the odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for higher SPSI-R according to physical activity categories.

Results

The multiple logistic regression analysis indicated that the ORs (95% CI) in reference to participants who said they never considered exercising were 2.08 (0.69–6.93), 1.62 (0.55–5.26), 2.78 (0.86–9.77), and 6.23 (1.81–23.97) for participants who did not exercise but intended to start, tried to exercise but did not, exercised but not regularly, and exercised regularly, respectively. This finding suggested that positive linear association between physical activity and social problem-solving ability (p value for linear trend < 0.01).

Conclusions

The present findings suggest that regular physical activity or intention to start physical activity may be an effective strategy to improve social problem-solving ability.

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Zusatzmaterial
Additional file 1: Table S1. Multivariate RR and 95% CI of higher SPSI-R and subscales according to physical activity. (DOCX 24 kb)
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