Scale development for perceived school climate for girls' physical activity

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  • Objectives: To test an original scale assessing perceived school climate for girls' physical activity in middle school girls. Methods: Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and structural equation modeling (SEM). Results: CFA retained 5 of 14 original items. A model with 2 correlated factors, perceptions about teachers' and boys' behaviors, respectively, fit the data well in both sixth and eighth graders. SEM detected a positive, significant direct association of the teacher factor, but not the boy factor, with girls' self-reported physical activity. Conclusions: School climate for girls' physical activity is a measurable construct, and preliminary evidence suggests a relationship with physical activity.
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  • Birnbaum AS; Evenson KR; Motl RW; Dishman RK; Voorhees CC; Sallis JF; Elder JP; Dowda M
  • Start Page

  • 250
  • End Page

  • 257
  • Volume

  • 29
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  • 3