Chapter 6: Children's Environmental Access in Relation to Motor Competence, Physical Activity, and Fitness

Erwin, Heather E.; Woods, Amelia Mays; Woods, Martha K.; Castelli, Darla M.
October 2007
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Oct2007, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p404
Academic Journal
The authors explain their research on how environmental factors influence children's participation in physical activity. They describe the Youth Physical Activity Promotion Model, which relates children's level of physical activity to interactions among four categories of factors: predisposing, reinforcing, enabling, and personal demographics. They describe each category and explain the terminology used in their study to describe the magnitude of the relationships. They refer to social cognitive theory and the link between environment and health-related behavior. The explain that their study is based on a U.S. summer physical activity program for children ages six to 13, describe their methodology, data analysis, and results, and discuss their findings and the study's limitations.


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