Pyschosocial factors associated with children's cycling for transport: a cross-sectional moderation study

Ghekiere, Ariane, Van Cauwenberg, Jelle, Carver, Alison, Mertens, Lieze, de Geus, Bas, Clarys, Peter, Cardon, Greet, De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse and Deforche, Benedicte 2016, Pyschosocial factors associated with children's cycling for transport: a cross-sectional moderation study, Preventive medicine, vol. 86, pp. 141-146, doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.03.001.

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Title Pyschosocial factors associated with children's cycling for transport: a cross-sectional moderation study
Alternative title Psychosocial factors associated with children's cycling for transport: a cross-sectional moderation study
Author(s) Ghekiere, Ariane
Van Cauwenberg, Jelle
Carver, AlisonORCID iD for Carver, Alison
Mertens, Lieze
de Geus, Bas
Clarys, Peter
Cardon, Greet
De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse
Deforche, Benedicte
Journal name Preventive medicine
Volume number 86
Start page 141
End page 146
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-05
ISSN 0091-7435
Keyword(s) transport
active transport
social cognitive theory
active living
Cross-Sectional Studies
Self Efficacy
Social Support
Surveys and Questionnaires
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Medicine, General & Internal
General & Internal Medicine
Summary Promoting children's cycling for transport is a useful strategy to increase their physical activity levels. No studies have examined to which extent children's psychosocial characteristics play a role in their transportation cycling. Furthermore, insights into the association between children's independent mobility (IM) and transportation cycling is lacking in Europe. This study examined (1) the association of children's psychosocial characteristics with transportation cycling and its moderating effect of child's gender, parents' educational attainment and IM, and (2) the association between children's IM and transportation cycling. Children (n=1232, aged 10-12yrs) completed an online questionnaire at school assessing their psychosocial characteristics related with transportation cycling. Parents reported child's usual transportation cycling and the distance their child is allowed to cycle unsupervised (IM). Hurdle models were used to estimate associations between independent variables and odds of being a cyclist and with minutes of transportation cycling among those cycling. Data were collected during November-December 2014 across Flanders, Belgium. Children's perceived parental modeling, parental norm, peers' co-participation, self-efficacy and IM were positively related to the odds of being a cyclist, perceived benefits were negatively associated. Parental modeling, siblings' modeling, self-efficacy and parental norm were more strongly related to the odds of being a cyclist among children with a low IM. Friends' modeling was significantly related with odds of being a cyclist among boys. IM and parental norm (only among boys) were positively related to the time spent cycling. Targeting children, their friends and parents seems therefore most appropriate when aiming to increase children's transportation cycling.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.03.001
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
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
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