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J Health Psychol. 2009 Sep;14(6):794-9. doi: 10.1177/1359105309338979.

The mediating role of time perspective in socio-economic inequalities in smoking and physical activity in older English adults.

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  • 1Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. j.m.adams@ncl.ac.uk

Abstract

Socio-economic variations in health behaviours contribute to socio-economic inequalities in health. Time perspective describes how individuals' consideration of future outcomes influences their present day behaviours and is associated with health behaviours and socio-economic position. Although theoretically plausible, the potential mediating role of time perspective in socio-economic inequalities in health behaviours has received little research attention. Analysis of data from wave 1 of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing revealed that time perspective played a small partial mediating role in socioeconomic inequalities in smoking and physical activity. The data were self-report and cross-sectional, and the sample restricted to individuals aged 50+.

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