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posted on 22.11.2019, 17:14 authored by Elaine M. McMahon, Paul Corcoran, Grace O'Regan, Helen Keeley, Mary Cannon, Vladimir Carli, Camilla Wasserman, Gergo Hadlaczky, Marco Sarchiapone, Alan Apter, Judit Balazs, Maria Balint, Julio Bobes, Romuald Brunner, Donia Cozman, Christian Haring, Miriam Iosue, Michael Kaess, Jean-Pierre Kahn, Bogdan Nemes, Tina Podlogar, Vita Postuvan, Pilar Saiz, Merike Sisask, Alexandra Tubiana, Peeter Varnik, Christina W. Hoven, Danuta Wasserman

In this cross-sectional study, physical activity, sport participation and associations with wellbeing, anxiety and depressive symptoms were examined in a large representative sample of European adolescents. A school-based survey was completed by 11,110 adolescents from ten European countries who took part in the SEYLE (Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe) study. The questionnaire included items assessing physical activity, sport participation and validated instruments assessing well-being (WHO-5), depressive symptoms (BDI-II) and anxiety (SAS). Multi-level mixed effects linear regression was used to examine associations between physical activity/sport participation and mental health measures. A minority of the sample (17.9% of boys and 10.7% of girls; p


The SEYLE project is supported through Coordination Theme 1(Health) of the European Union Seventh Framework Profram (FP7), Grant agreement nr HEALTH-F2-2009-223091. Research Fellow Dr Elaine McMahon is funded by the Irish Health Research Board Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement Award (HRB/ICE/2012/11).



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McMahon EM, Corcoran P, O’Regan G, Keeley H, Cannon M, Carli V, Wasserman C, Hadlaczky G, Sarchiapone M, Apter A, Balazs J, Balint M, Bobes J, Brunner R, Cozman D, Haring C, Iosue M, Kaess M, Kahn JP, Nemes B, Podlogar T, Poštuvan V, Sáiz P, Sisask M, Tubiana A, Värnik P, Hoven CW, Wasserman D. Physical activity in European adolescents and asociations with anxiety, depression and wellbeing. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 2016;26(1):111-122

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