Correlates of Physical Activity in Male and Female Youth

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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This study examined associations between psychosocial factors and physical activity in a group of youth (n = 520). Students completed the Previous Day Physical Activity Recall and a survey of potential determinants of physical activity. Regression analyses of intentions to be physically active revealed that enjoyment and self-efficacy predicted intentions for both males and females. Attitudes predicted moderate to vigorous activity (MVPA), and enjoyment and self-efficacy predicted vigorous activity (VPA) for males. Self-efficacy predicted both MVPA and VPA for females. The findings suggest that intervention programs targeted at youth should include developmentally appropriate activities that are fun and promote physical activity self-efficacy.

T. Bungum is with the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203. M. Dowda, A. Weston, S.G. Trost, and R.R. Pate are with the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.