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The Association of Physical Activity and DepressiveSymptoms, and the Role of Emotion Regulation
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Given increases in depressive symptoms among Swedish adolescents, we investigated theassociation between physical activity and depressive symptoms, and the role of emotionalregulation plays in these associations. In a longitudinal study, the sample was gathered fromthree mid-sized cities in Sweden. The participants were adolescents aged 13 to 19 years with atotal sample size of 2973 participants. Our research questions were: Is physical activityrelated to depressive symptoms? What is the direction of this association? Does emotiondysregulation mediate the association between physical activity and depressive symptoms?We analyzed the data using hierarchical regressions, testing indirect effects. The resultsshowed that there was an association between emotion dysregulation and depressivesymptoms. However, there was no association between physical activity and depressivesymptoms nor a mediating effect in either direction.

Abstract [sv]

Då depressiva symptom ökar bland ungdomar i Sverige väljer vi i denna studie att undersökaassociationen mellan fysisk aktivitet och depressiva symptom, samt rollenemotionsregleringen spelar. Urvalet till denna studien var ifrån en tidigare longitudinell studiemed ungdomar från tre städer i Mellansverige. Deltagarna i denna studie är ungdomar iåldrarna 13 till 19. Det totala urvalet till studien var 2973. Vår forskningsfråga var: Är fysiskaktivitet relaterad till depressiva symptom? I vilken riktning var de relaterade till varandra?Kan känsloreglering mediera ett samband mellan fysisk aktivitet och depressiva symptom?För att besvara vår forskningsfråga gjorde vi en hierarkisk regressionsanalys för att testaindirekta effekter. Resultatet visade att det fanns en association mellan depressiva symptomoch dysfunktionell emotionsreglering. Däremot fanns det ingen association mellan fysiskaktivitet och depressiva symptom eller en medierande effekt oavsett riktning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 22
Keywords [en]
depressive symptoms, emotional regulation, physical activity, adolescents, mediation
Keywords [sv]
depressiva symtom, emotionsreglering, fysisk aktivitet, ungdomar, mediation
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-72392OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-72392DiVA, id: diva2:1287658
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Psykologi
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