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Prev Med. 2016 Jun;87:167-169. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.02.040. Epub 2016 Mar 3.

Identifying correlates and determinants of physical activity in youth: How can we advance the field?

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1
MRC Epidemiology Unit & UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Box 285, Institute of Metabolic Science, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, United Kingdom. Electronic address: aa595@medschl.cam.ac.uk.
2
MRC Epidemiology Unit & UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Box 285, Institute of Metabolic Science, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, United Kingdom. Electronic address: ev234@medschl.cam.ac.uk.
3
Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Physical Activity, School of Health Sciences, University of South, Australia. Electronic address: James.Dollman@unisa.edu.au.
4
Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, USA. Electronic address: Wendell.C.Taylor@uth.tmc.edu.
5
Early Start Research Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong, Australia. Electronic address: rstanley@uow.edu.au.

Abstract

This commentary provides a critical discussion of current research investigating the correlates and determinants of physical activity in young people, with specific focus on conceptual, theoretical and methodological issues. We draw on current child and adolescent literature and our own collective expertise to illustrate our discussion. We conclude with recommendations that will strengthen future research and help to advance the field.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescents; Behaviour change; Children; Correlates; Physical activity

PMID:
26940254
PMCID:
PMC4893019
DOI:
10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.02.040
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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