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International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 64, Issue 1, pp 83–94 | Cite as

Associations between perceived social and physical environmental variables and physical activity and screen time among adolescents in four European countries

  • J. BuckschEmail author
  • J. Kopcakova
  • J. Inchley
  • P. J. Troped
  • G. Sudeck
  • D. Sigmundova
  • H. Nalecz
  • A. Borraccino
  • F. Salonna
  • Z. Dankulincova Veselska
  • Z. Hamrik
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Abstract

Objectives

Associations between the perceived social and physical environment and self-reported moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and screen time (ST) were examined among adolescents in four European countries.

Methods

Representative samples were surveyed with standardised methodologies. Associations between environmental variables and meeting MVPA recommendations and tertiles of ST were tested in gender-specific logistic regression models. Moderation by country and country-specific relationships were also examined.

Results

The most consistent findings across countries were found for the significant associations between neighbourhood social environment and MVPA in both boys and girls. Significant associations with the physical environment varied more between countries and by gender. The most consistent negative associations with ST were found for the social environmental variable of having parental rules for spending time outside the home.

Conclusions

The present findings provided evidence for the generalisability of the associations between environmental correlates and MVPA across four European countries. The findings show clear differences in correlates for MVPA and ST. Further research is needed to better understand the unique aspects of the social and physical environment which explain each of the two behaviours.

Keywords

Screen time Physical activity Social and physical environment European countries Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) is an international study carried out in collaboration with WHO/EURO. The International Coordinator of the 2013/14, survey was Professor Candace Currie at the University of St Andrews, Scotland and the Data Manager was Professor Oddrun Samdal at the University of Bergen, Norway. The study was supported from European Regional Development Fund-Project “Effective Use of Social Research Studies for Practice” (No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_025/0007294) and the Czech Science Foundation under reg. No. 18-24977S.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have conflicts of interest and study was in compliance with ethical standards.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Bucksch
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. Kopcakova
    • 2
  • J. Inchley
    • 3
  • P. J. Troped
    • 4
  • G. Sudeck
    • 5
  • D. Sigmundova
    • 6
  • H. Nalecz
    • 7
  • A. Borraccino
    • 8
  • F. Salonna
    • 6
  • Z. Dankulincova Veselska
    • 2
  • Z. Hamrik
    • 9
  1. 1.Department of Natural and Human SciencesHeidelberg University of EducationHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department of Health Psychology, Kosice Institute for Society and Health, Faculty of MedicinePJ Safarik University in KosiceKosiceSlovak Republic
  3. 3.Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit, School of MedicineUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK
  4. 4.Department of Exercise and Health SciencesUniversity of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA
  5. 5.Institute of Sport ScienceUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany
  6. 6.Institute of Active Lifestyle, Faculty of Physical CulturePalacký University OlomoucOlomoucCzech Republic
  7. 7.The Jozef Pilsudski University of Physical EducationWarsawPoland
  8. 8.Department of Public Health and PediatricsUniversity of TorinoTurinItaly
  9. 9.Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Faculty of Physical CulturePalacký University OlomoucOlomoucCzech Republic

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