This cross-sectional observational study sought to examine the environmental correlates of physical activity and screen-time among youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Parents of youth with ASD (n = 1,165) from seven countries/regions provided responses to an online survey form measuring environmental correlates (i.e., physical activity neighborhood environment, social network, social trust and cohesion, bedroom media, social home environment) and outcomes (i.e., physical activity, screen-time). Multiple linear regression analyses were conducted to determine environmental predictors of the outcomes. Physical activity neighborhood environment (B = 0.15, p = 0.047), social network (B = 0.16, p = 0.02), and social home environment (B = 1.07, p < 0.001) were significantly associated with physical activity, whereas social trust and cohesion and bedroom media were not. Further, social trust and cohesion (B = -0.14, p = 0.001), bedroom media (B = 0.10, p = 0.001), and social home environment (B = -0.16, p < 0.001) were significantly associated with screen-time while neighborhood environment and social network were not. The identified environmental attributes of physical activity and screen-time behaviors should be targeted for health promotion among youth with ASD. Copyright © 2023 The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
|Journal||Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders|
|Early online date||Feb 2023|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - Feb 2023|
CitationHaegele, J. A., Sun, F., Li, C., Ng, K., Lee, J., Chee Ang, S. H., . . . Ding, D. (2023). Environmental correlates of physical activity and screen-time in youth with autism spectrum disorder: A seven-country observational study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10803-023-05918-7
- Physical exercise
- Sedentary behavior