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Am J Health Promot. 2005 Sep-Oct;20(1):20-7.

Identifying factors associated with regular physical activity in leisure time among Canadian adolescents.

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Canada Research Chair on Behavior and Health, Faculty of Nursing, Laval University, Québec, Canada.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study was to identify the factors explaining regular physical activity among Canadian adolescents.

DESIGN:

A cohort study conducted over a period of 2 years.

SETTING:

A French-language high school located near Québec City.

SUBJECTS:

A cohort of 740 students (352 girls; 388 boys) aged 13.3 +/- 1.0 years at baseline.

MEASURES:

Psychosocial, life context, profile, and sociodemographic variables were assessed at baseline and 1 and 2 years after baseline. Exercising almost every day during leisure time at each measurement time was the dependent variable.

RESULTS:

The Generalized Estimating Equations (GEE) analysis indicated that exercising almost every day was significantly associated with a high intention to exercise (odds ratio [OR]: 8.33, confidence interval [CI] 95%: 5.26, 13.18), being satisfied with the activity practiced (OR: 2.07, CI 95%: 1.27, 3.38), perceived descriptive norm (OR: 1.82, CI 95%: 1.41, 2.35), being a boy (OR: 1.83, CI 95%: 1.37, 2.46), practicing "competitive" activities (OR: 1.80, CI 95%: 1.37, 2.36), eating a healthy breakfast (OR: 1.68, CI 95%: 1.09, 2.60), and normative beliefs (OR: 1.48, CI 95%: 1.14, 1.90). Specific GEE analysis for gender indicated slight but significant differences.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study provides evidence for the need to design interventions that are gender specific and that focus on increasing intention to exercise regularly.

PMID:
16171157
DOI:
10.4278/0890-1171-20.1.20
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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