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Factors Associated With Physical Activity Literacy Among Foster Parents

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Abstract:

Objectives: To explore associations between physical activity (PA) literacy and psychosocial constructs for providing instrumental social support for youth PA. Methods: Ninety-one foster parents completed surveys assessing PA literacy (overall and specific), perceptions of child PA, coordination, PA enjoyment, psychosocial variables: positive/negative beliefs, normative beliefs, perceived behavioral control (PBC), and self-efficacy. Results: Race, negative beliefs, PBC, and foster parent sport involvement were associated with specific PA literacy. Race and education were associated with overall PA literacy. Conclusions: Lower PA literacy is associated with greater negative beliefs and lower perceived control suggesting greater perceived barriers and lower perceived support for/among African Americans and those with less education.

Keywords: FOSTER PARENTS; HEALTH LITERACY; INSTRUMENTAL SOCIAL SUPPORT; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.36.2.4

Affiliations: 1: Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA. gdominic@udel.edu 2: Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA 3: Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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