Physical activity and the prevention of depression: A systematic review of prospective studies
posted by Research Admin on 24 October 2013
Year of Publication
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 45(5), 649-657
Journal article (peer reviewed)
This systematic review examined whether physical activity is protective against the onset of depression. A comprehensive search was conducted up until December 2012 in a number of health related databases. Articles were chosen for the review if the study used a prospective-based, longitudinal design and examined relationships between physical activity and depression over at least two time intervals. After a thorough selection process, 30 studies were included for analyses. Among these, 25 studies demonstrated that baseline physical activity was negatively associated with a risk of subsequent depression. The majority of these studies were of high methodologic quality, providing consistent evidence that physical activity may prevent future depression.
Type of Study
Systematic review, Prospective study, Analysis
How to Access
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