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Am J Health Behav. 2004 Sep-Oct;28(5):426-36.

Comparison of social variables for understanding physical activity in adolescent girls.

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  • 1Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA. rsaunders@sc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate social support and theory of planned behavior (TPB) constructs in explaining physical activity in adolescent girls.

METHODS:

One thousand seven hundred ninety-seven 8th-grade girls completed a survey measuring social provisions, family support, TPB constructs, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), and team sport involvement (TSI).

RESULTS:

Structural equation modeling (SEM) indicated statistically significant direct effects from TPB constructs and social provisions to intention; social provisions, family support, and intention to MVPA; and social provisions and family support to TSI.

CONCLUSIONS:

Social variables play a greater role in explaining TSI than in explaining MVPA in this sample.

PMID:
15482972
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