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Correlates of Physical Activity among African-American and Caucasian Female Adolescents

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Abstract:

Objective: To identify determinants of participation in moderately, and vigorously intense physical activity among African-American and Caucasian adolescent females. Methods: Participants (n=626 African-American; n=226 Caucasian) completed an 81-item questionnaire that assessed influences on physical activity and a 1-week recall of physical activity. Multiple regression was used to identify correlates of physical activity. Results: Differences in psychosocial predictors of physical activity were noted by type of activity and ethnic group. Self-efficacy and school sport participation were robust predictors of physical activity. Conclusion: Different strategies may be appropriate when promoting physical activity to African-American and Caucasian female adolescents.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.23.1.3

Affiliations: 1: Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, University of North Texas, Denton, TX. 2: School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

Publication date: 1999-01-01

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