A pilot examination of social context and everyday physical activity among adults receiving Community Mental Health Services
Version of Record online: 7 JAN 2009
Copyright © 2009 The Authors. Journal Compilation © 2009 Blackwell Munksgaard
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 119, Issue 3, pages 243–247, March 2009
How to Cite
McCormick, B. P., Frey, G. C., Lee, C.-T., Gajic, T., Stamatovic-Gajic, B. and Maksimovic, M. (2009), A pilot examination of social context and everyday physical activity among adults receiving Community Mental Health Services. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 119: 243–247. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2008.01331.x
- Issue online: 27 JAN 2009
- Version of Record online: 7 JAN 2009
- Accepted for publication November 20, 2008
- motor activity;
- Community Mental Health Services;
- social isolation;
- cross-cultural comparison
Objective: Community mental health center (CMHC) clients include a variety of people with moderate to severe mental illnesses who also report a number of physical health problems. Physical activity (PA) has been identified as one intervention to improve health among this population; however, little is known about the role of social context in PA. The purpose of this study was to examine the role of social context in everyday PA among CMHC clients.
Method: Data were collected from CMHC clients in two cultures using accelerometery and experience sampling methods. Data were analyzed using hierarchical linear modeling.
Results: Independence in housing nor culture was significantly associated with levels of PA. Being alone was significantly negatively related to PA level.
Conclusion: Social isolation appears to be negatively related to PA at the level of everyday life. Physical activity interventions with this population should consider including social components as a part of PA.