Sedentary Behaviour and Psychosocial Health Across the Life Course

Part of the Springer Series on Epidemiology and Public Health book series (SSEH)


Psychosocial health is broadly defined to include psychological and social-psychological outcomes, interlinked with socioeconomic factors. Psychosocial health has been shown to be strongly associated with self-rated health, longevity, and heart disease. This chapter will summarize and explain the literature on sedentary behaviour and psychosocial health across the life course, with a focus on the psychosocial domains: bullying/victimization, self-esteem, pro-social behaviour, and mental disorders (bipolar disorder, anxiety, stress). In summary, the majority of literature is in young people and has focused on concepts such as self-esteem and pro-social behaviour, suggesting an inverse relationship with sedentary behaviour. Limited research has focused on these concepts in adults. The existing literature should be interpreted in light of limited gold standard experimental data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Department of Life SciencesAnglia Ruskin UniversityCambridgeUK
  2. 2.School of Sport, Exercise and Health SciencesLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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