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ERIC Number: EJ794073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 25
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-1944
The Influence of Friendships and Friendship-Making Ability in Physical Activity Participation in Chiang Mai, Thailand High School Students
Page, Randy M.; Taylor, Jerry; Suwanteerangkul, Jiraporn; Novilla, Lelinneth M.
International Electronic Journal of Health Education, v8 p95-103 2005
Unfortunately, the influence of friendships is a neglected area of investigation in studies of youth physical activity. This study investigated the degree to which three friendship variables (ability to make friends, level of involvement with friends, perceived friends' involvement in exercise/physical activity) was associated with physical activity participation in a sample of 2,519 secondary level students from Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. In general, results showed that overall participation in physical activity was lowest among adolescents who said that making new friends was difficult, who were less involved with friends, and who reported that no or only some of their friends participated in exercise/physical activity. Conversely, adolescents who said that making new friends was easy, who were more involved with friends, and who reported that most of all of their friends were more likely to engage in physical activity themselves. Although physical activity participation among girls was lower than boys, the association between the three friendship variables and participation in physical activity was found for both boys and girls. The results of this study suggest that school health educators should give serious consideration to including friendship skill-development strategies in the mix of strategies currently used to improve participation in physical activity. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Thailand