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ERIC Number: EJ785222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1087-3244
Social Support and Youth Physical Activity: The Role of Provider and Type
Beets, Michael W.; Vogel, Randy; Forlaw, Loretta; Pitetti, Kenneth H.; Cardinal, Bradley J.
American Journal of Health Behavior, v30 n3 p278-289 May-Jun 2006
Objective: To examine provider and type variation in social support (SS) for activity. Methods: Three hundred sixty-three fifth to eighth-grade students completed a questionnaire assessing self-reported activity and social support (SS) from 3 providers: mom, dad, and peers. Important covariates of activity were included in the analysis: age, BMI, sex, and maturation. Results: Structural equation modeling indicated peers, transportation, and praise affected activity levels. Boys reported greater SS than girls did. Maturation, age, and BMI exhibited unique affects on SS. Conclusions: Increasing positive feedback, transportation to places to be active, and peer support may prove advantageous in improving activity levels in this age-group.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A