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Master of Science (MS)
The "obesity epidemic" in the United States is a current health concern that has sparked research interest in physical activity as a means of weight management. However, little research has examined the physical activity behaviors of rural adolescents. The goal of the current study was to use a biopsychosocial framework to examine the physical activity behaviors of a sample of rural adolescents, and explore factors associated with physical activity participation.
A sample of 162 ninth- and tenth-grade students in a rural, western community were recruited for this study. Generally, the sample reported levels of physical activity for both genders that are higher than the national average. Additionally, a significant difference in physical activity between genders was not found. Results indicated that school-sponsored, low- or no-cost sports are essential to physical activity participation. Psychological factors and parent and peer support were also strongly associated with physical activity.
Urruty, Kenli A., "Factors Associated with Physical Activity Behaviors Among Rural Adolescents" (2009). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 488.