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Title: Does activity-related social support differ by characteristics of the adolescent?
Authors: Edwardson, Charlotte L.
Gorely, Trish
Musson, Hayley
Duncombe, Rebecca
Sandford, Rachel A.
Keywords: Support
Modeling
Logistic
Adolescents
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Human Kinetics
Citation: EDWARDSON, C.L. ... et al, 2014. Does activity-related social support differ by characteristics of the adolescent? Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11 (3), pp. 574-580.
Abstract: Background: Previous research has shown a positive relationship between activity-related social support provided by parents and peers and adolescents’ physical activity. However, more information is needed on whether activity-related social support differs by sociodemographic characteristics. The purpose of this study was to investigate differences in activity-related social support in a sample of adolescents, by characteristics such as age, gender, socioeconomic status (SES), ethnicity, and physical activity level and to determine which characteristics are the most important predictors of activity-related social support. Methods: Information was provided by 578 boys and 588 girls (11–14 years) on demographic factors, physical activity, and activity-related support. ANOVA, correlations, and multiple regression were performed to address the purposes of the study. Results: Boys, White British, younger, more physically active, and high-SES adolescents perceived more support for physical activity. Age predicted all types of support excluding peer support; ethnicity predicted mother logistic support and sibling support; gender predicted peer support, father explicit modeling, and father logistic support; and SES predicted mother and father logistic support. Conclusions: Families and peers of adolescents who are female, from Black and minority ethnic groups, older, of low-SES, and less active should be targeted for intervention.
Description: This is the as accepted for publication version of an article subsequently published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health [© Human Kinetics]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2012-0054
Sponsor: The authors wish to acknowledge the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation for commissioning the research and financial support of the Big Lottery Fund.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2012-0054
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19800
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2012-0054
ISSN: 1543-3080
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