Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Leisure activities and cognitive function in middle age: evidence from the Whitehall II study.

Abstract : To test the hypothesis of a positive association, independent of social position, between participation in leisure activities and cognitive function in middle age. The nature of this relation is explored by first classifying leisure activities as entailing high or low cognitive effort, and then classifying them as entailing individual or social activities. London based office staff (Whitehall II study) in 20 civil service departments at baseline. Data are from the fifth wave of data collection (phase 5) of a prospective cohort study, collected through clinical examination and a self administered questionnaire. Firstly, hierarchical multiple regression was used to examine age and socioeconomic status (SES) adjusted effect of each leisure activity on cognition. Then structural equation models were used to examine the effects of two categories of leisure activities-activities entailing high or low cognitive effort and social or individual activities. All analyses are cross sectional. There was an age and SES adjusted association between participation in leisure activities and cognitive function. More specifically, leisure activity entailing high cognitive effort or social interaction was associated with better cognitive ability. Participation in cognitively complex or social leisure activities has an independent association with adult cognition, suggesting that seeking mental stimulation may have a beneficial effect on cognition in middle age.
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadatas

Cited literature [33 references]  Display  Hide  Download

https://www.hal.inserm.fr/inserm-01154130
Contributor : Pascale Sztajnbok <>
Submitted on : Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 10:56:35 AM
Last modification on : Monday, March 25, 2019 - 5:52:02 PM
Long-term archiving on: : Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 5:55:59 AM

File

Singh-Manoux et al. leisure-co...
Publication funded by an institution

Identifiers

Collections

Citation

Archana Singh-Manoux, Marcus Richards, Mickael Marmot. Leisure activities and cognitive function in middle age: evidence from the Whitehall II study.. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, BMJ Publishing Group, 2003, 57 (11), pp.907-13. ⟨10.1136/jech.57.11.907⟩. ⟨inserm-01154130⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

135

Files downloads

274