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Perceived control over physical and mental well-being: The effects of gender, age and social class

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Breslin, Gavin and McCay, Naomi (2012) Perceived control over physical and mental well-being: The effects of gender, age and social class. Journal of Health Psychology (1-8). [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/1359105312438600

Abstract

In a cross-sectional quota based survey 1013 adults (46% male, 54% female; aged 16–65+) in Northern Ireland from ABC1, C2 and DE social class groupings were asked about the perceived influence they have over their physical and mental health, and what types of lifestyle changes can improve health. Findings showed participants perceive that they have more control over their physical compared to mental health, with physical activity being the behaviour most likely to be adopted. Females were more likely than males to make lifestyle changes, including meeting friends, talking about things that were bothering them and trying relaxation techniques. These findings illustrate the need for health promotion to be directed at mental health, and encouraging males to consider adapting healthy lifestyle behaviours.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > Ulster Sports Academy
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sports Science and Sports Medicine
ID Code:21812
Deposited By:Dr Gavin Breslin
Deposited On:17 Apr 2012 12:06
Last Modified:17 Apr 2012 12:06

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