The relation of medical conditions to depressive symptoms among Latinos: Leisure time physical activity as a mediator

Elva M. Arredondo, Tamar Mendelson, John P. Elder, Simon J. Marshall, Lareina La Flair, Guadalupe X. Ayala

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Individuals with medical conditions report more depressive symptoms than those without such conditions. This study assessed whether physical activity (PA) plays a mediational role in the association between medical conditions and depressive symptoms among Latino adults. Adjusting for socioeconomic factors, those who reported having been diagnosed with diabetes, cardio-related disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, arthritis, or sleep problems endorsed more symptoms of depression. Vigorous PA mediated the relation between depressive symptoms and hypertension. In other words, people with hypertension who engaged in vigorous PA reported less depressive symptoms. PA may be a promising avenue for improving hypertension and depressive symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)742-752
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012



  • Hispanic
  • health promotion
  • physical and mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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