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Am J Health Behav. 2005 Mar-Apr;29(2):183-90.

The role of peer social network factors and physical activity in adolescent girls.

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  • 1Department of Public and Community Health, Department of Kinesiology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA. ccv@umd.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To study the relationship between peer-related physical activity (PA) social networks and the PA of adolescent girls.

METHODS:

Cross-sectional, convenience sample of adolescent girls. Mixed-model linear regression analyses to identify significant correlates of self-reported PA while accounting for correlation of girls in the same school.

RESULTS:

Younger girls were more active than older girls. Most activity-related peer social network items were related to PA levels. More PA with friends was significantly related to self-reported PA in multivariate analyses.

CONCLUSIONS:

Frequency of PA with friends was an important correlate of PA among the peer network variables for adolescent girls.

PMID:
15698985
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PMCID:
PMC2507875
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