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Prev Med. 2007 Feb;44(2):153-9. Epub 2006 Dec 6.

Family support for physical activity in girls from 8th to 12th grade in South Carolina.

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  • 1Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, 921 Assembly Street, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA. mdowda@gwm.sc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the relationship between perceived family support and other selected correlates of physical activity (PA) with changes in PA over time.

METHODS:

A total of 421 girls in South Carolina completed questionnaires at 8th, 9th and 12th grades (1998-2003). Family support for PA, PA self-efficacy, perceived behavioral control, attitudes, availability of equipment, and PA were measured.

RESULTS:

Growth curve analysis showed that family support, perceived behavioral control, and self-efficacy were independently related to age-related changes in PA as reflected by total METs. Girls who reported lower family support at the 8th grade measure had more rapid declines in PA, and a unit change in family support was related to approximately 1/3 of a standard deviation change in total METs.

CONCLUSIONS:

Maintenance of support from family members may reduce the decline in PA independent of girls' self-efficacy and perceived behavioral control.

PMID:
17157371
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PMCID:
PMC2031210
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