Neighborhood environment, self-efficacy, and physical activity in urban adolescents

Carolyn C. Voorhees, Alice F. Yan, Kelly J. Clifton, Min Qi Wang

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Abstract

Objectives: To test the pathways between perceptions of built environment factors and physical activity in urban youth. Methods: Three hundred fifty high school students' perceptions of neighborhood, and barrier self efficacy were measured by a Web survey. Physical activities were assessed using a one-week diary and accelerometers. Results: Land-use mix/accessibility and neighborhood satisfaction had direct pathways to walking. Barrier self-efficacy had a direct pathway to walking. In addition, land use, specifically neighborhood accessibility, influenced adolescents' walking behavior via self-efficacy. Similar pathways were found in MVPA models. Conclusions: Neighborhood factors appear to work together with self-efficacy to facilitate physical activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)674-688
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume35
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Self Efficacy
self-efficacy
Exercise
adolescent
Walking
land use
Adolescent Behavior
Students
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Keywords

  • Built environment
  • Physical activity
  • Self-efficacy
  • Urban
  • Walking behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology

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Voorhees, C. C., Yan, A. F., Clifton, K. J., & Wang, M. Q. (2011). Neighborhood environment, self-efficacy, and physical activity in urban adolescents. American Journal of Health Behavior, 35(6), 674-688.

Neighborhood environment, self-efficacy, and physical activity in urban adolescents. / Voorhees, Carolyn C.; Yan, Alice F.; Clifton, Kelly J.; Wang, Min Qi.

In: American Journal of Health Behavior, Vol. 35, No. 6, 2011, p. 674-688.

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Voorhees, CC, Yan, AF, Clifton, KJ & Wang, MQ 2011, 'Neighborhood environment, self-efficacy, and physical activity in urban adolescents', American Journal of Health Behavior, vol. 35, no. 6, pp. 674-688.
Voorhees, Carolyn C. ; Yan, Alice F. ; Clifton, Kelly J. ; Wang, Min Qi. / Neighborhood environment, self-efficacy, and physical activity in urban adolescents. In: American Journal of Health Behavior. 2011 ; Vol. 35, No. 6. pp. 674-688.
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