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J Sch Health. 1999 Jan;69(1):29-34.

Determinants of physical activity in active and low-active, sixth grade African-American youth.

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  • 1Dept. of Health and Human Performance, Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum, Auburn University, AL 36849-5323, USA.


This study compared the determinants of physical activity in active and low-active African-American sixth grade students (N = 108, 57 F, 51 M). Objective assessments of physical activity over a seven-day period were obtained using the CSA 7164 accelerometer. Students were classified as active if they exhibited three or more 20-minute bouts of moderate to vigorous physical activity over the seven-day period. Relative to low-actives, active boys reported significantly higher levels of self-efficacy, greater involvement in community physical activity organizations, and were significantly more likely to perceive their mother as active. Relative to low-actives, active girls reported significantly higher levels of physical activity self-efficacy, greater positive beliefs regarding physical activity outcomes, and were significantly less likely to watch television or play video games for > or = 3 hrs/day. These observations provide preliminary guidance as to the design of physical activity interventions targeted at African-American youth.

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