Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Prediction of Physical Activity Levels of High School Students Based on Personal Values and Perceived Barriers

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Prediction of Physical Activity Levels of High School Students Based on Personal Values and Perceived Barriers

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Lorri Engstrom, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and Del Engstrom, Ursinus College

The purpose of this study was to investigate the specific personal values and perceived barriers of high school students that influence their level of physical activity. In addition, the contribution of gender, previous and past athletic participation, and parents past athletic participation was considered in the prediction of physical activity levels. The participants consisted of 70 female and 48 male students who were enrolled in required health courses during the 2000 spring semester in a suburban high school in southeastern Pennsylvania. The participants completed four forms related to the investigation. Physical Activity was measured using the Francis Seven-Day Physical Activity Recall Survey. Values and barriers were measured using the Outcomes-Expectancy Values Survey, which had 18 statements using a 5-point Likert Scale. The Perceived Barriers for Physical Activity Survey had 16 statements also using a 5-point Likert Scale. The participants also detailed the nature of their past and present levels of athletic participation as well as that of their parents using the Athletic Participation History Survey. …

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