Year: 2004 Source: Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, v.158, no.8, (August 2004), p.818-823 SIEC No: 20100760

This study assessed the relation of physical activity with feelings of sadness & suicidal thoughts & behaviours among Hispanic & non-Hispanic white adolescents. 1870 Texas adolescents, ages 14-18, attending high school in Neuces County participated. More boys reported participating in physical activity than girls & more girls than boys reported feelings of sadness & considering & planning suicide. Participation in more total physical activity sessions per week was associated with a lower risk of considering suicide & higher levels of vigorous physical activity, total physical activity, & strength & toning activity were associated with a lower risk of planning suicide. (31 refs.) JA