Assessing Physical Activity Preferences in Latino and White Preadolescents

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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The purpose of this study was to assess physical activity preferences (PAP) in preadolescent children. 191 Latino and White children (M = 11.9, SD = ±0.7) participated. Demographic, anthropometric, and PAP measures were employed. Both Latino and White children reported water play, basketball, and bicycling as their most preferred activities while indoor chores were least preferred. Compared with Latino, White children reported a higher preference for baseball/softball. Exploratory factor analysis of PAP measure indicated a three-factor solution: free play, sports, and exercise. Multiple linear regression models revealed that PAP varied as a function of ethnicity, gender, age, and body mass index.

Olvera, McLeod, and Rodriguez are with the Dept. of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204. McCarley is with the Dept. of Psychology, University of Denver, Denver, CO 80208. Leung is with the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204.