Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

An Investigation of the Relationships between Environmental Factors and Physical Activity among Taiwanese High School Students. (Sociocultural Aspects of Physical Activity)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

An Investigation of the Relationships between Environmental Factors and Physical Activity among Taiwanese High School Students. (Sociocultural Aspects of Physical Activity)

Article excerpt

Physical inactivity among youth and adolescent populations is a prevailing problem in Taiwan. Seventy-one percent of 4,000 Taiwanese elementary students surveyed spend their daily leisure time watching television and 15% report spending their time playing video games. Lack of physical activity facilities is a high ranking obstruction among all perceived barriers to participation in physical activity. The purpose of this study was to investigate the associations between selected environmental and social variables including socioeconomic status (SES) and participation in physical activity among Taiwanese (n = 798) high school students. Significant relationships between physical activity and physical environmental variables were found. The quantity and quality of neighborhood facilities were found to have the highest relationships (beta = .333) with high school student participation in physical activity. The home environment was found to have a significant relationship (.174) with participation in physical activ ity. The school environment however, was not associated (.045) with participation in physical activity. The social environment was related (p< .05) to participation in physical activity. Support from friends, parents, teachers, and the media were related to higher levels of physical activity. Neighborhood modeling (t = 1. …

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