ERIC Number: EJ701868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Attraction to Physical Activity Mediates the Relationship between Perceived Competence and Physical Activity in Youth
Paxton, Raheem J.; Estabrooks, Paul A.; Dzewaltowski, David
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v75 n1 p107-111 Mar 2004
Although scientists and policy makers have established the importance of physical activity for health and well being across the life span (e.g., Baranowski et al. 2000, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], 2000), youth are not meeting public health physical activity standards (USDHHS, 1997, 2000). And, while physical inactivity is problematic in all areas of the U.S., it is even more problematic in rural areas (city populations below 2,500; 37% inactive) when compared to urban areas (27% inactive; Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1998). Therefore, it is essential to develop interventions that can increase the prevalence and initiation of physical activity among rural youth.
Descriptors: Well Being, Rural Areas, Attitude Measures, Rural Youth, Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Competence, Motivation, Health Behavior
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 1900 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1598. Web site: http://www.aahperd.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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