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Exploring the Common Factors that Influence Physical Activity, Academic Self-efficacy, and Depression among Junior High School Students: A Literature Review

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Objective: The objective of this study was to identify the common factors that impact physical activity (PA), academic self-efficacy, and depression in junior high school students. A systematic electronic search for studies on the factors of PA, academic self-efficacy, and depression in junior high school students was performed through July 10, 2023. Methods: The search was conducted using the PsycINFO, ERIC, Cochrane Library, PubMed, SPORT Discus, and Web of Science databases. Results: Mindfulness, social support, self-esteem, family structure, emotional intelligence, and school PA program engagement were identified as the common factors that enhance junior high school students' PA, academic self-efficacy, and depression. Conclusions: At the practical level, the findings of this study will contribute to the development of a framework for improving junior high school students' PA, academic self-efficacy, and depression.

Keywords: ACADEMIC SELF-EFFICACY; ADOLESCENT HEALTH; DEPRESSION; JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CORRELATES

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Publication date: October 1, 2023

This article was made available online on December 21, 2023 as a Fast Track article with title: "Exploring the Common Factors that Influence Physical Activity, Academic Self-efficacy, and Depression among Junior High School Students: A Literature Review".

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