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Sex-Specific Correlates of Walking Speed in a Wide Age-Ranged Population

Title: Sex-Specific Correlates of Walking Speed in a Wide Age-Ranged Population.
Name(s): Tolea, Magdalena, author
Costa, Paul, author
Terracciano, Antonio, author
Griswold, Michael, author
Simonsick, Eleanor M., author
Najjar, Samer, author
Scuteri, Angelo, author
Deiana, Barbara, author
Orrù, Marco, author
Masala, Marco, author
Uda, Manuela, author
Schlessinger, David, author
Ferrucci, Luigi, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2010
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The goals of this cross-sectional study were to explore correlates of walking speed in a large wide age-ranged population and to identify factors affecting lower walking speed at older ages. Participants were 3,872 community-dwelling adults in the first follow-up of the SardiNIA study who completed a 4-m walking test. Sex-specific correlates of walking speed included marital status, height, waist circumference, pulse wave velocity, comorbidity, subjective health, strength, and personality. Effect modifiers of the age-walking speed association included extraversion (<55 >years, p = .019) and education (<55 >years, p = .021; > or =55 years, p = .012) in women, and openness (<55 >years, p = .005), waist circumference (<55 >years, p = .010), and subjective health (<55 >years, p = .014) in men. The strong impact of personality suggests that certain personality traits may be associated with behaviors that affect physical performance and condition the reduced mobility mostly at younger ages. If these patterns are confirmed in longitudinal studies, personality may be an important target for prevention.
Identifier: FSU_migr_geriatrics_faculty_publications-0020 (IID), 10.1093/geronb/gbp130 (DOI)
Keywords: cognition disorders, cross-sectional studies, depressive disorder, personality disorders, walking, walking speed, personality
Uncontrolled subjects: Adolescent, Adult, Age Distribution, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Cognition Disorders, Cross-Sectional Studies, Depressive Disorder, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Neuropsychological Tests, Personality Disorders, Population Surveillance, Sex Distribution, Walking, Young Adult
Note: Originally published in J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2010 March; 65B(2): 174–184.
Citation: Tolea M, Costa PT Jr., Terracciano A, Griswold M, Simonsick EM, Najjar SS, Scuteri A, Deiana B, Orrù M, Masala M, Uda M, Schlessinger D, & Ferrucci L (2010). Sex-specific correlates of walking speed in a wide-age ranged population. Journals of Gerontology B: Psychological Sciences, 65B, 174-184.
Subject(s): Behavior
Human behavior
Exercise -- Physiological aspects
Mental health
Medical sciences
Social psychiatry
Social aspects
Social sciences
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Department of Geriatrics Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.
Issue: 2, 65B

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Tolea, M., Costa, P., Terracciano, A., Griswold, M., Simonsick, E. M., Najjar, S., … Ferrucci, L. (2010). Sex-Specific Correlates of Walking Speed in a Wide Age-Ranged Population. Journals Of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences And Social Sciences. Retrieved from