Multilevel correlates of physical activity for early, mid, and late adolescent girls

Deborah Young, Brit I. Saksvig, Tong Tong Wu, Kathleen Zook, Xia Li, Steven Champaloux, Mira Grieser, Sunmin Lee, Margarita S. Treuth

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Background: We examined associations among multilevel variables and girls' physical activity to determine whether they vary at different adolescent ages. Methods: All field sites of the Trial of Activity for Adolescent Girls contributed participants from 6th (n = 1576) and 8th grades (n = 3085). The Maryland site contributed an 11th grade sample (n = 589). Questionnaires were used to obtain demographic and psychosocial information (individual- and social-level variables); height, weight, and triceps skinfold to assess body composition; interviews and surveys for school-level data; and geographical information systems and self-report for neighborhood-level variables. Moderate to vigorous physical activity minutes (MVPA) were assessed from accelerometers. Mixed models (13 individual, 5 social, 15 school, 12 neighborhood variables) were used to determine multilevel associations. Results: Variables at individual, social, school, and neighborhood levels were associated with MVPA, but differed across grades. Lower percent body fat, higher social support from friends, and lower school math scores were associated with higher MVPA at 6th and 8th grade. Higher physical activity self-efficacy was associated with higher MVPA at 11th grade. Only lower physical activity barriers were associated with higher MVPA at all grades. Conclusion: MVPA is a complex behavior with fluid, multilevel correlates that differ among girls across middle and high school.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)950-960
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Self Efficacy
Body Composition
Social Support
Self Report
Adipose Tissue
Demography
Interviews
Weights and Measures

Keywords

  • Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity
  • Multilevel models
  • Racial/ethnic diversity

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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Young, D., Saksvig, B. I., Wu, T. T., Zook, K., Li, X., Champaloux, S., ... Treuth, M. S. (2014). Multilevel correlates of physical activity for early, mid, and late adolescent girls. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11(5), 950-960. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2012-0192

Multilevel correlates of physical activity for early, mid, and late adolescent girls. / Young, Deborah; Saksvig, Brit I.; Wu, Tong Tong; Zook, Kathleen; Li, Xia; Champaloux, Steven; Grieser, Mira; Lee, Sunmin; Treuth, Margarita S.

In: Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Vol. 11, No. 5, 01.07.2014, p. 950-960.

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Young, D, Saksvig, BI, Wu, TT, Zook, K, Li, X, Champaloux, S, Grieser, M, Lee, S & Treuth, MS 2014, 'Multilevel correlates of physical activity for early, mid, and late adolescent girls', Journal of Physical Activity and Health, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 950-960. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2012-0192
Young, Deborah ; Saksvig, Brit I. ; Wu, Tong Tong ; Zook, Kathleen ; Li, Xia ; Champaloux, Steven ; Grieser, Mira ; Lee, Sunmin ; Treuth, Margarita S. / Multilevel correlates of physical activity for early, mid, and late adolescent girls. In: Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 2014 ; Vol. 11, No. 5. pp. 950-960.
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