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Author (up) Brunes, A.; Augestad, L.B.; Gudmundsdottir, S.L. url  doi
  Title Personality, physical activity, and symptoms of anxiety and depression: the HUNT study Type Journal Article
  Year 2013 Publication Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology Abbreviated Journal Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol  
  Volume 48 Issue 5 Pages 745-756  
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  Abstract PURPOSE: To analyze the association between physical activity (PA), symptoms of depression and anxiety, and personality traits. METHODS: Cross-sectional study from a Norwegian population-based survey conducted in the period 2006-2008. The sample consisted of a total of 38,743 subjects aged >/= 19 years, 56.1 % women and 43.9 % men. Demographic variables, PA, depression and anxiety (The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale), and personality (Eysenck Personality Questionnaire) were assessed by self-reporting measurements. RESULTS: Individuals who reported moderate and high PA had significantly lower scores on depression and anxiety compared with less physically active individuals (p < 0.05). Significantly lower risk of HADS-defined depression and anxiety was associated with frequency, duration, and intensity of activity among women (p < 0.05), and significantly lower risk of HADS-defined depression was associated with frequency, duration, and intensity of activity among men (p < 0.05). There was a significant linear trend between extroversion and levels of PA (p < 0.01) and between neuroticism and PA (p < 0.01). CONCLUSIONS: Subjects reporting regular leisure-time PA were less likely to report symptoms of HADS-defined depression and anxiety. Personality may be an underlying factor in explaining this association.  
  Address Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management, Department of Human Movement Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), 7491 Trondheim, Norway. audun.brunes@ntnu.no  
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  Language English Summary Language Original Title  
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  ISSN 0933-7954 ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes PMID:23052425 Approved no  
  Call Number HUNT @ maria.stuifbergen @ Serial 1460  
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