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Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2011 Apr 18;8:34. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-8-34.

Environmental resources moderate the relationship between social support and school sports participation among adolescents: a cross-sectional analysis.

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  • 1University of California, Irvine, Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, 4558 Social and Behavioral Sciences, Irvine, CA 92697, USA. djgraham@umn.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Most Americans are not active at recommended levels. Adolescence is a developmental period when physical activity (PA) decreases markedly.

METHODS:

This study investigates whether access to environmental PA resources moderates the relationship between psychosocial resources (social support and perceived competence) and PA among 192 adolescents.

RESULTS:

Environmental access to PA resources (determined via GIS-based assessment of the number of gyms, schools, trails, parks and athletic fields within 0.5 miles of each participant's home) moderated the association between social support and PA; among adolescents with high levels of environmental resources, greater social support was associated with students participating in a greater number of sports in school, whereas no such relationship emerged among adolescents with low environmental resources.

CONCLUSIONS:

PA-promotion interventions should aim to enhance both social and environmental resources; targeting either one alone may be insufficient.

PMID:
21501504
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PMCID:
PMC3103410
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