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Social Ecological Influences on Work-Related Active Commuting Among Adults

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Abstract:

Objective: To examine influences on active commuting (AC) behavior using a social ecological framework. Methods: Participants (N = 1234) responded to an online survey about AC patterns and social ecological influences on AC. Multiple regression analysis determined the relative influence of individual, interpersonal, institutional, community, and environmental levels on AC. Results: Significant relationships were found between AC and individual, interpersonal, institutional, community, and environmental influences; 70% of the variance in AC was explained with the full model. Conclusions: The social ecological model provides a framework for understanding a range of influences on AC and should inform strategies to improve AC behavior.

Keywords: ACTIVE COMMUTING; SOCIAL ECOLOGICAL

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.37.4.12

Affiliations: 1: Department of Kinesiology, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, USA 2: Department of Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, University of South Carolina, City, State, USA

Publication date: July 1, 2013

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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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