Physical Activity Level, Sport Participation, and Parental Education Level in Turkish Junior High School Students

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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This study examined physical activity level, sport participation, and parental education level in 333 female and 359 male Turkish junior high school students. Student’s physical activity level, sport participation, and parental education level were determined by a questionnaire with three sections. Independent samples t-test results revealed higher physical activity level and chi-square results indicated higher sport participation for boys when compared with girls. In addition significant negative correlations have been found between MET values and father and mother education for the total sample and for female students; however, negative correlations between MET values and parental education were not significant for boys.

S. Koçak and Ş. Çiçek are with the Physical Education and Sports Department, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey; M.B. Harris is with the College of Education, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; and A.K. İşler is with the Sport Sciences Department, Başkent University, Başkent, Turkey.