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Evaluating a Model of Youth Physical Activity

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Objective : To explore the relationship between social influences, self-efficacy, enjoyment, and barriers and physical activity.

Methods : Structural equation modeling examined relationships between parent and peer support, parent physical activity, individual perceptions, and objectively measured physical activity using accelerometers among a sample of youth aged 1017 years (N 720).

Results : Peer support, parent physical activity, and perceived barriers were directly related to youth activity. The proposed model accounted for 14.7 of the variance in physical activity.

Conclusions : The results demonstrate a need to further explore additional individual, social, and environmental factors that may influence youth's regular participation in physical activity.
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Keywords: children; peers; physical activity; self efficacy; social support

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 University of Minnesota, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, Minneapolis, MN.

Publication date: 2010-09-01

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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