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Social Support Mediates the Relationship Between Mental-Physical Multiple Morbidities and Engagement in Aerobic Physical Activity Among Military Service Members and Veterans

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Justin T. McDaniel ,

Southern Illinois University, US
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Justin T. McDaniel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Department of Public Health and Recreation Professions

Southern Illinois University

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David L. Albright,

The University of Alabama Box 870314 Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, US
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Hill Crest Foundation Endowed Chair of Mental Health

School of Social Work

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Alan Beck,

Washington University, St. Louis One Brookings Drive Campus Box 1196 St. Louis, MO 63130, US
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Research Manager

Prevention Research Center

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Kari L. Fletcher,

University of St. Thomas 2115 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105, US
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Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Area of Emphasis in Military Practice

School of Social Work

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Kate H. Thomas,

Charleston Southern University 9200 University Blvd. Charleston, SC 29406, US
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Assistant Professor of Public Health

College of Health Sciences

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Robert J. McDermott

Southern Illinois University 475 Clocktower Dr. Mailcode 4632 Carbondale, IL 62901, US
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Professor of Public Health

Department of Public Health and Recreation Professions

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Abstract

Some research shows that physical activity levels are low among veterans, but research gaps exist specifically in regards to promoting physical activity in veterans with multiple morbidities. For the present study, we retrieved data from the 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. The study sample included 57,842 military service members and veterans. We carried out a mediation analysis to determine the effect of social support on the relationship between multiple morbidities and aerobic physical activity. Social support partially mediated the relationship between the presence of multiple morbidities and aerobic physical activity, a*b= -0.003, [95% CI = -0.007, -0.001]. Programs aimed at facilitating adequate social support among service members and veterans with multiple morbidities may increase their uptake of aerobic physical activity, and thus, decrease concomitant risk for health-related disorders. 

How to Cite: McDaniel, J.T., Albright, D.L., Beck, A., Fletcher, K.L., Thomas, K.H. and McDermott, R.J., 2017. Social Support Mediates the Relationship Between Mental-Physical Multiple Morbidities and Engagement in Aerobic Physical Activity Among Military Service Members and Veterans. Journal of Veterans Studies, 2(2), pp.172–184. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jvs.22
Published on 18 Nov 2017.

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