Patterns of sports participation, health risk behaviours, and socio-economic position in young Swiss men

Schori, Dominik; Hofmann, Karen; Abel, Thomas (2017). Patterns of sports participation, health risk behaviours, and socio-economic position in young Swiss men. European Journal for Sport and Society, 14(4), pp. 348-65. Waxmann 10.1080/16138171.2017.1380980

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This study applies health lifestyle theory to describe patterns of sports participation and explore their associations with other health-relevant behaviours (smoking and at-risk drinking), socio-economic position (education and household income), and language region in Switzerland. We applied a bias corrected three-step latent class analysis to a cross-sectional sample of young Swiss men (N = 10,458) collected in 2010-11. Five different patterns of sports participation were revealed: overall very active (22.8%); informally very active (42.6%); only collectively active (9.6%); only active alone (5.9%); and overall inactive (19.1%). Elevated proportions of smoking and at-risk drinking co-occurred with particular patterns of sports participation. Daily smoking was associated with rarely or never engaging in sports alone or in pairs. Frequent participation in club sports or engagement in self-organised sports in a group was not associated with a lower likelihood of at-risk drinking. In line with health lifestyle theory and previous findings, our results suggest that distinct sports participation patterns are associated with other health-relevant behaviours, socio-economic position, and language region in Switzerland.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine

Graduate School:

Graduate School for Health Sciences (GHS)

UniBE Contributor:

Schori, Dominik; Hofmann, Karen and Abel, Thomas

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISSN:

1613-8171

Publisher:

Waxmann

Language:

English

Submitter:

Doris Kopp Heim

Date Deposited:

21 Sep 2017 12:24

Last Modified:

23 Jan 2018 13:52

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/16138171.2017.1380980

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Young adults, sports participation, health risk behaviours, social inequalities, health lifestyle theory

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.105576

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/105576

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