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Psychosocial profiles of physical activity fluctuation in office employees : A latent profile analysis

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Duan, Yanping ; Shang, Borui ; Liang, Wei ; Yang, Min ; Brehm, Walter:
Psychosocial profiles of physical activity fluctuation in office employees : A latent profile analysis.
In: PLoS One. Vol. 15 (2020) Issue 1 . - No. e0227182.
ISSN 1932-6203
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0227182

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Fluctuation is a common but neglected phenomenon of physical activity (PA) behavior. This study aimed to explore the psychosocial profiles of PA fluctuation in office employees, and to examine the association of latent profiles with demographics and PA level.

434 Chinese office employees who were identified as PA fluctuators (M = 32.4 years, SD = 6.9, 55.5% female) completed a cross-sectional online survey covering demographics, PA behavior, and six psychosocial indicators (self-efficacy, planning, action control, affective attitude, social support, and perceived barriers). Latent profile analysis was used to determine PA fluctuators’ psychosocial profiles. Associated factors of profile membership were identified with multinomial logistic regression.

The two-profile model (uncommitted vs. moderately committed) was selected as the best solution. The moderately committed group (n = 346, 79.7%) possessed a more active mindset by reporting significantly higher scores of self-efficacy (t = 9.42 p < .001), planning (t = 16.33 p < .001), action control (t = 14.55 p < .001), affective attitude (t = 13.33 p < .001), and social support (t = 11.50 p < .001) compared with the uncommitted group (n = 88, 20.3%). Results from a multinomial logistic regression showed that the moderately committed profile was associated with normal weight status (OR = 2.00, p< .05), having a medium managerial position (OR = 2.54, p< .01), and high level of moderate to vigorous PA behavior (OR = 4.85, p< .001).

These findings demonstrate the variability of PA fluctuators’ mindsets. Future tailored interventions are recommended to promote PA behavior for this population based on the categorization from the present study.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Sport Science
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Former Professors > Chair Sport Science II - Sport Governance and Event Management - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Walter Brehm
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 700 Arts and recreation > 790 Sports, games, entertainment
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2020 10:11
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 10:34
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/54235