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Determinants of Physical Activity in Active and Low‐Active, Sixth Grade African‐American Youth

Authors
Journal
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
0890-8567
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
38
Issue
10
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/00004583-199910000-00032
Disciplines
  • Design

Abstract

This study compared the determinants of physical activity in active and low-active African-American sixth grade students ( N = 108, 57 F, 51 M). Objective assessments of physical activity over a seven-day period were obtained using the CSA 7164 accelerometer. Students were classified as active if they exhibited three or more 20-minute bouts of moderate to vigorous physical activity over the seven-day period. Relative to low-actives, active boys reported significantly higher levels of self-efficacy, greater involvement in community physical activity organizations, and were significantly more likely to perceive their mother as active. Relative to low-actives, active girls reported significantly higher levels of physical activity self-efficacy, greater positive beliefs regarding physical activity outcomes, and were significantly less likely to watch television or play video games for ≥ 3 hrs/day. These observations provide preliminary guidance as to the design of physical activity interventions targeted at African-American youth.

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