The role of peer social network factors and physical activity in adolescent girls

Carolyn C. Voorhees, David Murray, Greg Welk, Amanda Birnbaum, Kurt M. Ribisl, Carolyn C. Johnson, Karin Allor Pfeiffer, Brit Saksvig, Jared B. Jobe

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Abstract

Objective: To study the relationship between peer-related physical activity (PA) social networks and the PA of adolescent girls. Methods: Cross-sectional, convenience sample of adolescent girls. Mixed-model linear regression analyses to identify significant correlates of self-reported PA while accounting for correlation of girls in the same school. Results: Younger girls were more active than older girls. Most activity-related peer social network items were related to PA levels. More PA with friends was significantly related to self-reported PA in multivariate analyses. Conclusions: Frequency of PA with friends was an important correlate of PA among the peer network variables for adolescent girls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-190
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Girls
  • Physical activity
  • Social networks
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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