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Am J Health Behav. 2011 Nov;35(6):674-88.

Neighborhood environment, self-efficacy, and physical activity in urban adolescents.

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Department of Behavioral and Community Health University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, MD, USA. ccv@umd.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To test the pathways between perceptions of built environment factors and physical activity in urban youth.

METHODS:

Three hundred fifty high school students' perceptions of neighborhood, and barrier self efficacy were measured by a Web survey. Physical activities were assessed using a one-week diary and accelerometers.

RESULTS:

Land-use mix/accessibility and neighborhood satisfaction had direct pathways to walking. Barrier self-efficacy had a direct pathway to walking. In addition, land use, specifically neighborhood accessibility, influenced adolescents' walking behavior via self-efficacy. Similar pathways were found in MVPA models.

CONCLUSIONS:

Neighborhood factors appear to work together with self-efficacy to facilitate physical activity.

PMID:
22251759
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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