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Am J Health Behav. 2010 Sep-Oct;34(5):593-606.

Evaluating a model of youth physical activity.

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  • 1University of Minnesota, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, 1300 S Second Street, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA. heitz022@umn.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore the relationship between social influences, self-efficacy, enjoyment, and barriers and physical activity.

METHODS:

Structural equation modeling examined relationships between parent and peer support, parent physical activity, individual perceptions, and objectively measured physical activity using accelerometers among a sample of youth aged 10-17 years (N = 720).

RESULTS:

Peer support, parent physical activity, and perceived barriers were directly related to youth activity. The proposed model accounted for 14.7% of the variance in physical activity.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results demonstrate a need to further explore additional individual, social, and environmental factors that may influence youth's regular participation in physical activity.

PMID:
20524889
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PMCID:
PMC3086379
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