Determinants of physical activity in Singaporean adolescents

Lee, Kok Sonk, Loprinzi, Paul D., & Trost, Stewart G. (2010) Determinants of physical activity in Singaporean adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 17(4), pp. 279-286.

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An understanding of the factors that influence physical activity behavior is an important prerequisite for the design and implementation of physical activity interventions in adolescents. To date, no studies have investigated the factors that influence physical activity participation in Singaporean adolescents.


he purpose of this study was to identify the psychosocial and environmental factors that influence physical activity in a representative sample of Singaporean adolescents (N=1,814, 919 boys, 895 girls, mean age 14.4 +/- 1.1 years).


Participants completed the Three-Day Physical Activity Recall and a questionnaire measuring hypothesized psychosocial and environmental correlates of physical activity.


Hierarchical regression revealed self-efficacy, enjoyment of physical activity, parental support, and participation in sport teams to be significant correlates of physical activity.


Interventions promoting physical activity in Singaporean adolescents should aim to increase self-efficacy perceptions by offering enjoyable, developmentally appropriate physical activity options that promote mastery and adopt policies that increase parental support and awareness of community physical activity programs.

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ID Code: 72203
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: ISI Document Delivery No.: 762LA
Times Cited: 3
Cited Reference Count: 32
Lee, Kok Sonk Loprinzi, Paul D. Trost, Stewart G.
New york; <Go to ISI>://WOS:000290478100006
Keywords: Exercise, Youth, Health promotion, Self-efficacy, Enjoyment, high-school-students, risk behavior survey, longitudinal analysis, activity patterns, children, youth, reliability, exercise, fitness, girls
DOI: 10.1007/s12529-009-9060-6
ISSN: 1070-5503
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 29 May 2014 00:56
Last Modified: 30 May 2014 03:56

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