Correlates of time spent in physical activity and television viewing in a multi-racial sample of adolescents

Maureen T. McGuire, Dianne R. Neumark-Sztainer, Mary Story

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Abstract

This study assessed whether the correlates related to physical activity and television viewing differed across gender, grade, and racial groups. Adolescents (n = 4746) from 31 junior and senior high schools completed a self-administered survey. Adolescents' physical activity was related to their families' and friends' fitness concerns. Adolescents' physical activity was also related to their own fitness and health concerns. Few correlates of physical activity differed by gender, age, or race. Television viewing was negatively related to the family's fitness concerns and health concerns; however, these factors accounted for a small amount of the variance in adolescents' television viewing. None of the factors related to television viewing differed by age or race groups. Future studies will need to identify the factors related to physical activity and television viewing among adolescents who are at greatest risk for inactivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-86
Number of pages12
JournalPediatric exercise science
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

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