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Multiple health-risk behaviour and psychological distress in adolescence.

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  • 1Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto, Ontario.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the prevalence and correlates of psychological distress in a school-based sample of Canadian adolescents.

METHOD:

Self-reported data of demographics, weight status, physical activity, screen-time, diet, substance use, and psychological distress were derived from a representative sample of 2935 students in grades 9 to 12 (M(age) = 15.9 years) from the 2009 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey.

RESULTS:

Overall prevalence of psychological distress was 35.1%. Significant associations were shown between psychological distress and the following: being female, tobacco use, not meeting physical activity and screen-time recommendations, and inadequate consumption of breakfast and vegetables.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings highlight the need for targeting greater physical health promotion for adolescents at risk of mental health problems.

KEYWORDS:

adolescents; mental health; multiple health behaviour

PMID:
22876262
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PMCID:
PMC3413466
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