Title Is higher physical fitness associated with better psychological health in young pediatric cancer survivors? A cross-sectional study from the iBoneFIT project
Authors Rodriguez-Solana, Andrea , Gracia-Marco, Luis , Llorente-Cantarero, Francisco J. , Cadenas-Sanchez, Cristina , Marmol-Perez, Andres , GIL COSANO, JOSÉ JUAN, Moliner-Urdiales, Diego , Ubago-Guisado, Esther
External publication No
Means Scand J Med Sci Sports
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 1
SJR Quartile 1
Web https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85150340716&doi=10.1111%2fsms.14345&partnerID=40&md5=fcab2de22ef7780fd3d7d944d8aa5331
Publication date 12/06/2023
ISI 000944000800001
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-85150340716
DOI 10.1111/sms.14345
Abstract ObjectiveTo examine the associations of self-perceived and objectively-measured physical fitness with psychological well-being and distress indicators in young pediatric cancer survivors. Materials and MethodsA total of 116 participants (12.1 +/- 3.3 years, 56.9% boys) from the iBoneFIT project participated in this cross-sectional study. Objectively-measured physical fitness (muscular fitness) was obtained by handgrip strength and standing long jump tests for the upper and lower body, respectively. Self-perceived physical fitness was obtained by the International Fitness Scale (IFIS). Positive and negative affect were assessed by the positive affect schedule for children (PANAS-C), happiness by Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS), optimism by Life Orientation Test-Revised (LOT-R), self-esteem by the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSE), anxiety by State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children (STAIC-R), and depression by Children Depression Inventory (CDI). Multiple linear regressions adjusted by key covariates were performed to analyze associations. ResultsNo associations were found between objectively-measured muscular fitness and any of the psychological well-being and distress indicators (p > 0.05). Self-perceived overall fitness and flexibility were positively associated with positive affect (beta >= 0.258, p < 0.05). Self-perceived cardiorespiratory fitness, speed/agility, and flexibility were negatively associated with depression (beta >= -0.222, p < 0.05). Finally, self-perceived cardiorespiratory fitness was also negatively associated with anxiety and negative affect (beta >= -0.264, p < 0.05). ConclusionsPerceived physical fitness, but not objectively physical fitness, seems to be inversely related to psychological distress variables and to less extent positively related to psychological well-being. The findings from this study highlight the importance of promoting self-perceived fitness in the pediatric oncology population.
Keywords IFIS and pediatric cancer survivors; physical fitness; psychological health
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