alexa Social support and youth physical activity: the role of provider and type.
Diabetes & Endocrinology

Diabetes & Endocrinology

Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy

Author(s): Beets MW, Vogel R, Forlaw L, Pitetti KH, Cardinal BJ

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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To examine provider and type variation in social support (SS) for activity. METHODS: Three hundred sixty-three fifth to eighth-grade students completed a questionnaire assessing self-reported activity and social support (SS) from 3 providers: mom, dad, and peers. Important covariates of activity were included in the analysis: age, BMI, sex, and maturation. RESULTS: Structural equation modeling indicated peers, transportation, and praise affected activity levels. Boys reported greater SS than girls did. Maturation, age, and BMI exhibited unique affects on SS. CONCLUSIONS: Increasing positive feedback, transportation to places to be active, and peer support may prove advantageous in improving activity levels in this age-group. This article was published in Am J Health Behav and referenced in Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy

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