Recreational facilities and leisure-time physical activity : an analysis of moderators and self-efficacy as a mediator

Cerin, Ester, Vandelanotte, Corneel, Leslie, Eva and Merom, Dafna 2008, Recreational facilities and leisure-time physical activity : an analysis of moderators and self-efficacy as a mediator, Health psychology, vol. 27, no. 2 Suppl., pp. 126-135.

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Title Recreational facilities and leisure-time physical activity : an analysis of moderators and self-efficacy as a mediator
Author(s) Cerin, Ester
Vandelanotte, Corneel
Leslie, Eva
Merom, Dafna
Journal name Health psychology
Volume number 27
Issue number 2 Suppl.
Start page 126
End page 135
Total pages 10
Publisher American Psychological Association
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Publication date 2008-03
ISSN 0278-6133
Keyword(s) built environment
psychosocial factors
recreational facilities
self efficacy
Summary Objective: To examine socio-demographic and psychosocial moderators, and self-efficacy as a mediator of the cross-sectional relationships between having access to recreational facilities and leisure-time physical activity (LTPA); to investigate the extent to which the environment-LTPA associations could be explained by self-selection to neighborhoods.

Design: A two-stage stratified sampling design was used to recruit 2,650 adults (aged 20-65) from 32 urban communities varying in walkability and socioeconomic status. Participants reported perceived access to facilities and home equipment for LTPA, weekly minutes of LTPA, self-efficacy for and enjoyment of LTPA, reasons for neighborhood selection, and socio-demographic characteristics.

Main Outcome Measures:
Self-reported recreational walking and other forms of moderate-to-vigorous LTPA expressed in MET-minutes.

Results: Specific types of recreational facilities were independently  associated with LTPA. Age, education, being overweight/ obese, reasons for neighborhood selection, enjoyment of, and self-efficacy for LTPA moderated these relationships. Self-efficacy was not a significant mediator of these cross-sectional associations.

These findings have potentially significant implications for the planning of environmental interventions aimed at increasing population-level LTPA particularly in those who are less attitudinally inclined to being physically active.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, American Psychological Association
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Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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