Scale Development for Perceived School Climate for Girls' Physical Activity
Abstract:Objectives: To test an original scale assessing perceived school climate for girls' physical activity in middle school girls. Methods: Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and structural equation modeling (SEM). Results: CFA retained 5 of 14 original items. A model with 2 correlated factors, perceptions about teachers' and boys' behaviors, respectively, fit the data well in both sixth and eighth graders. SEM detected a positive, significant direct association of the teacher factor, but not the boy factor, with girls' self-reported physical activity. Conclusions: School climate for girls' physical activity is a measurable construct, and preliminary evidence suggests a relationship with physical activity.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Public Health, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY 2: Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 3: Department of Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 4: University of Georgia, Department of Exercise Science, Athens, GA 5: Department of Public and Community Health, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD 6: Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 7: Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 8: Department of Exercise Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Publication date: May 1, 2005
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