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In search of consistent predictors of children's physical activity

Best, Keren, Ball, Kylie, Zarnowiecki, Dorota, Stanley, Rebecca and Dollman, James 2017, In search of consistent predictors of children's physical activity, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 14, no. 10, Special issue: social and environmental influences on physical activity behaviours, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.3390/ijerph14101258.

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Title In search of consistent predictors of children's physical activity
Author(s) Best, KerenORCID iD for Best, Keren orcid.org/0000-0002-7459-0862
Ball, KylieORCID iD for Ball, Kylie orcid.org/0000-0003-2893-8415
Zarnowiecki, Dorota
Stanley, Rebecca
Dollman, James
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 14
Issue number 10
Season Special issue: social and environmental influences on physical activity behaviours
Article ID 1258
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2017-10-20
ISSN 1661-7827
1660-4601
Keyword(s) adolescents
children
correlates
health promotion
physical activity
predictor
social ecological model
sport
Summary Physical activity is pivotal for children's health and well-being, yet participation declines across teenage years. Efforts to increase physical activity need to be strengthened to combat this, however, evidence for the design and planning of physical activity promotion in children is lacking. The aim was to identify predictors of physical activity that were relatively consistent across three different measures of physical activity, in pre- and early adolescent South Australians. This is the first study to compare correlates of physical activity across three measures of physical activity in a single sample, in this age group. Children (n = 324) aged 9-13 years and their parents were surveyed on personal, interpersonal and environmental correlates of physical activity. Child physical activity was objectively measured using pedometers (7 days). Self-reported physical activity was determined from organised sport participation and the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Adolescents. Regression models were used to identify consistent predictors of three physical activity measures. Consistent predictors across multiple physical activity measures were: parent support for physical activity, having appropriate clothing for sport, enjoyment of physical activity and perceived availability of sporting clubs. These predictors identify potential avenues for directing intervention efforts to increase physical activity in early adolescents.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph14101258
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
MD Multidisciplinary
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID ARC LP0883949
Copyright notice ©2017, The authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30103780

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