Comparison of social variables for understanding physical activity in adolescent girls

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  • Objective: To evaluate social support and theory of planned behavior (TPB) constructs in explaining physical activity in adolescent girls. Methods: One thousand seven hundred ninety-seven 8th-grade girls completed a survey measuring social provisions, family support, TPB constructs, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), and team sport involvement (TSI). Results: Structural equation modeling (SEM) indicated statistically significant direct effects from TPB constructs and social provisions to intention; social provisions, family support, and intention to MVPA; and social provisions and family support to TSI. Conclusions: Social variables play a greater role in explaining TSI than in explaining MVPA in this sample.
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  • Saunders RP; Motl RW; Dowda M; Dishman RK; Pate RR
  • Start Page

  • 426
  • End Page

  • 436
  • Volume

  • 28
  • Issue

  • 5