Childhood socioeconomic status and physical activity in later life: The role of perceived neighborhood social cohesion and wealth in adulthood

November 6, 2020


  • Cassandra L. Hua
  • J. Scott Brown

The literature indicates that perceived neighborhood social cohesion is related to later life physical activity. However, there is no research that examines the role of childhood socioeconomic status (SES) in shaping this relationship. This study uses data from the Health and Retirement Study (2006–2016; N = 8,754) and a structural equation modeling approach to examine whether perceived neighborhood social cohesion and adulthood wealth mediate the relationship between childhood SES and physical activity.

Journal of Applied Gerontology, doi:10.1177/0733464820969312

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  • Health/Physical Activity