Biological and psychosocial determinants affecting physical activity LEVELS

In this research project we study the effects of biological and psychosocial determinants in physical activity levels in different phases during the life-course. The different determinants being researched are

  • temperament
  • personality
  • overweight
  • depression
  • socioeconomical status 

The research data have been obtained in the LASERI study, which is (to this date) 31-year-old follow-up study. Data has been gathered in 1983, 1986, 1989, 1992, 2001, 2007 and 2011.

Yang Xiaolin

Senior researcher

Phone 040 030 7426


Xiaolin Yang, Risto Telama, Mirja Hirvensalo, Tuija Tammelin, Jorma S.A. Viikari ja Olli T. Raitakari (2013). Active commuting from youth to adulthood and as a predictor of physical activity in early midlife: The Young Finns Study. Preventive Medicine 11/2013. DOI:10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.10.019.

Risto Telama, Xiaolin Yang, Esko Leskinen, Anna Kankaanpää, Mirja Hirvensalo, Tuija Tammelin, Jorma S.A. Viikari ja Olli T. Raitakari (2013). Tracking of physical activity from early childhood through youth into adulthood. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Tiedote.

Yang, X., Telama, R., Hirvensalo, M., Hintsanen, M., Hintsa, T., Pulkki-Råback, L., Keltikangas-Järvinen, L., Viikari, J.S.A. & Raitakari, O.T. (2012). Moderating effects of leisure-time physical activity on the associations between job strain and depressive symptoms. The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 54 (3), 303–309.

Yang, X., Telama, R. Hirvensalo, M., Hintsa, T., Pulkki-Råback, L., Hintsanen, M., Keltikangas-Järvinen, L., Viikari, J.S.A & Raitakari, O.T. (2012). Leadership component of Type A behavior predicts physical activity in early midlife. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 19 (1), 48-55.