Personal and behavioral correlates of total and domain-specific sedentary behaviors in older Taiwanese adults

Shao Hsi Chang, Ming Chun Hsueh, Yung Liao

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Abstract

Background: Evidence of the harmful health effects of sedentary behavior is emerging; however, little is known about domain-specific sedentary behavior correlates. Thus, in this study, the personal and behavioral correlates of total and domain-specific sedentary behavior in older Taiwanese adults were identified. Method: The sample comprised 1046 older adults (aged ≥65 years). Cross-sectional data on self-administered personal behavioral variables and time spent engaging in domain-specific sedentary behavior were obtained using computer-assisted telephone-based interviews. Binary logistic regression analyses were performed. Results: Those aged older than 75 years were less likely to have longer total sedentary, computer use, and transportation times. Compared to women, older men were more likely to have longer total sedentary and transportation times. Older adults with low educational levels were less likely to have longer total sedentary and computer use times but were more likely to have an excessive television (TV) viewing time (≥2 h/day). Older adults who lived alone and were overweight had a longer TV viewing time. Furthermore, unemployment was associated with an excessive TV viewing time and shorter transportation time. Older adults residing in nonmetropolitan areas had lower total sedentary, TV viewing, and computer use times. Older adults who engaged in insufficient leisure time physical activity were more likely to have longer total sedentary and transportation times. Conclusions: Both common and distinct personal and behavioral factors were associated with total and domain-specific sedentary behavior. Interventions for reducing total and domain-specific sedentary behavior should focus on both common and distinct subgroups of the Taiwanese older population.

Original languageEnglish
Article number294
JournalBMC Geriatrics
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 29

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Keywords

  • Computer use
  • Leisure time physical activity
  • Older adults
  • Sitting
  • Sociodemographic
  • Taiwan
  • Transportation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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