Author(s): Demissie Z, Lowry R, Eaton DK, Hertz MF, Lee SM
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Abstract BACKGROUND: This study investigated associations of violence-related behaviors with physical activity (PA)-related behaviors among U.S. high school students. METHODS: Data from the 2009 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a cross-sectional survey of a nationally representative sample of 9th-12th grade students, were analyzed. Sex-stratified, adjusted odds ratios (aORs) and 95\% confidence intervals (CIs) were estimated for associations between violence-related behaviors and being physically active for ≥60 minutes daily, sports participation, TV watching for ≥3 hours/day, and video game/computer use for ≥3 hours/day. RESULTS: Among male students, at-school bullying victimization was negatively associated with daily PA (aOR: 0.72; 95\% CI: 0.58-0.87) and sports participation; skipping school because of safety concerns was positively associated with video game/computer use (1.42; 1.01-2.00); and physical fighting was positively associated with daily PA. Among female students, at-school bullying victimization and skipping school because of safety concerns were both positively associated with video game/computer use (1.46; 1.19-1.79 and 1.60; 1.09-2.34, respectively), and physical fighting at school was negatively associated with sports participation and positively associated with TV watching. CONCLUSIONS: Bullying victimization emerged as a potentially important risk factor for insufficient PA. Schools should consider the role of violence in initiatives designed to promote PA.
This article was published in J Phys Act Health
and referenced in Advances in Recycling & Waste Management