A multilevel analysis of the association between social networks and support on leisure time physical activity: evidence from 40 disadvantaged areas in London

Ge Yu, Adrian Renton, Elena Schmidt, Patrick Tobi, Marcello Bertotti, Paul Watts, Shahana Lais

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There has been extensive conceptual and empirical work on the associations between social relations and health in recent years. However, the specific pathways through which social interactions impact on health have not been fully elucidated. The aim of this paper is to estimate associations between Leisure Time Physical Activity (LTPA) and social networks and support. Using data from a cross-sectional household survey in 40 disadvantaged lower super-output areas in London, we applied a multilevel model to investigate psychosocial and environmental determinants of physical activity in these populations. Our findings present a strong case for the influence of individual-level social networks on the level of LTPA, although the associations between the types of social support and LTPA were insignificant. We also found that crime rate was an important area-level correlates of LTPA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1023-9
Number of pages7
JournalHealth and Place
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011

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  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leisure Activities
  • London
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Poverty Areas
  • Social Support
  • Young Adult

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