Correlates of Physical Activity in a Cypriot Sample of Sixth-Grade Children

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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This study examined the association between self-reported physical activity and a number of potential correlates in a sample of 256 Grade-6 children. Physical activity was assessed in both summer and winter, and children and parents completed questionnaires assessing potential correlates of physical activity. Analyses revealed that gender, time spent playing outside, self-efficacy in overcoming barriers, and number of items of exercise equipment at home were variables associated with physical activity in both seasons. School location was a variable associated with physical activity only in the summer, whereas private-lesson attendance, sports-club attendance, and best friend’s physical activity were variables associated with physical activity only in winter. Variance explained in physical activity were 42% and 51% in winter and summer, respectively.

Loucaides is with Laniteio Elementary School, Limassol, Cyprus. Chedzoy, Bennett, and Walshe are with School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of Exeter, Exeter, EX1 2LU, U.K.