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Social Network and Physical Activity in Unequal Physical and Social Environments

Authors: Ting Du*, 756850595
Topics: Social Geography
Keywords: Social network, physical activity, social and physical environment
Session Type: Poster
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Previous studies have found that social network has influenced individual’s participation in physical activity, but the evidences are mixed. This research aims to understand the interpersonal effects of social network on young adults’ participations in physical activity among different socio-demographic groups in unequal community social and physical environments. Data including individual’s physical activity, sociodemographic factors, and social network indicators as well as community physical and social environment variables were obtained from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), Census Bureau, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Such statistical and spatial methods as Latent class analysis, logit link function and geographically weighted regression were applied in this research. The findings indicated that high-quality relationship with father, spouses, and colleagues as well as large friendship network were more important factors to predict physical activity engagements. But the association between social network and physical activity varied across different social-demographic groups. Besides individual and interpersonal factors, unequal community social and physical environments have also played an crucial role in adults’ engagements in physical activity.

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