ERIC Number: EJ785222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 0
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.
Descriptors: Social Support Groups, Physical Activities, Structural Equation Models, Transportation, Feedback (Response), Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Questionnaires, Physical Activity Level, Parent Influence, Parent Child Relationship, Peer Influence, Peer Relationship, Correlation, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Body Composition, Developmental Stages
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
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