Why Is Social Isolation Among Older Adults Associated with Depressive Symptoms? The Mediating Role of Out-of-Home Physical Activity

@article{Herbolsheimer2018WhyIS,
  title={Why Is Social Isolation Among Older Adults Associated with Depressive Symptoms? The Mediating Role of Out-of-Home Physical Activity},
  author={Florian Herbolsheimer and Nadine Ungar and Richard Peter},
  journal={International Journal of Behavioral Medicine},
  year={2018},
  volume={25},
  pages={649-657}
}
BackgroundSocial networks are known to be a key factor associated with late-life depression. However, there is limited knowledge about the pathways linking social isolation to mental health. It has been proposed that health-related behaviors such as physical activity represent one pathway. This study examines the way out-of-home physical activity mediates between social isolation and depressive symptoms in older adults.MethodsA subsample of 334 older adults from the ActiFE Ulm study, Germany… 
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