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.
Published in Pediatric Exercise Science, Volume 12, Issue 1, 2000, pages 71-79.
Bungum, T., Dowda, M., Weston, A., Trost, S. G., & Pate, R. R. (2000). Correlates of physical activity in male and female youth. Pediatric Exercise Science, 12(1),71-79.
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