Physical Activity Behaviors of Adolescents in Public and Private High Schools

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Objective: To examine physical activity differences between public (PUBHS) and private (PVTHS) high school students (n=6,627). Methods: The 1995 SC Youth Risk Behavior Survey was utilized. Chi-square analyses compared PVTHS and PUBHS students. Results: PVTHS school students reported greater involvement in regular exercise programs (p<.001) and participation on school-based sport teams (p<.001). However, PUBHS school students reported greater participation in physical education (p<.001). PUBHS males participated in more community-based sport programs than did PVTHS males (p<.001); however, PVTHS females participated in more community-based sports than PUBHS males did (p<.001). Conclusion: Significantly different physical activity behaviors exist between PVTHS and PUBHS students in South Carolina.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Health & Exercise Science, Furman University, Greenville, SC. 2: Department of Health Promotion & Education and Family & Preventive Medicine, Schools of Public Health and Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. 3: Department of Health Promotion & Education, School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. 4: Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Family & Preventive Medicine, Schools of Public Health and Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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