Symptoms and physical activity behavior in individuals with multiple sclerosis†
Article first published online: 19 FEB 2008
Copyright © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 31, Issue 5, pages 466–475, October 2008
How to Cite
Motl, R. W., Snook, E. M. and Schapiro, R. T. (2008), Symptoms and physical activity behavior in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Res. Nurs. Health, 31: 466–475. doi: 10.1002/nur.20274
We would like to thank Rachael Gliottoni and Liz Bunge for assistance with data collection.
- Issue published online: 5 SEP 2008
- Article first published online: 19 FEB 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 DEC 2007
- physical activity;
- multiple sclerosis;
- cognitive impairment;
We examined overall and specific symptoms as correlates of physical activity in individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS). Participants (N = 133) completed questionnaires that measured overall symptoms; and specific symptoms of depression, pain, and fatigue; difficulty walking; and physical activity. Initial analyses indicated that higher levels of overall symptoms (r = −.50), fatigue (r = −.26), and difficulty walking (r = −.46) were associated with lower levels of physical activity. Path analysis demonstrated that higher levels of overall symptoms were directly and indirectly associated with lower levels of physical activity; the indirect pathway involved difficulty walking (γγββ = −.17). Such findings indicate that walking difficulty may partially explain the negative relationship between overall symptoms and physical activity behavior in MS. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 31:466–475, 2008