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Exploratory Determined Correlates of Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents: The MoMo Study

Schmidt, Steffen; Schneider, Jennifer; Reimers, Anne; Niessner, Claudia; Woll, Alexander

Background: Physical activity is an important contributor to reducing the risk for a variety of diseases. Understanding why people are physically active contributes to evidence-based planning of public health interventions because successful actions will target factors known to be related to physical activity (PA). Therefore the aim of this study is to identify the most meaningful correlates of PA in children and adolescents using a large, representative data set. Methods: Among n = 3539 (1801 boys) 6 to 17-year-old participants of the German representative Motorik-Modul baseline study (2003–2006) a total of 1154 different demographic, psychological, behavioral, biological, social and environmental factors were ranked according to their power of predicting PA using least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (LASSO) regressions. Results: A total of 18 (in girls) and 19 (in boys) important PA predictors from different, personal, social and environmental factors have been identified and ranked by LASSO. Peer modeling and physical self-concept were identified as the strongest correlates of PA in both boys and girls. Conclusions: The results confirm that PA interventions must target changes in different categories of PA correlates, but we suggest to focus particularly on the social environment and physical self-concept for interventions targeting children and adolescents in Germany nowadays. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000090915
Veröffentlicht am 12.02.2019
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16030415
Zitationen: 1
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2019
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1660-4601
KITopen-ID: 1000090915
Erschienen in International journal of environmental research and public health
Band 16
Heft 3
Seiten Article: 415
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 31.01.2019
Schlagwörter physical activity; correlates; children; adolescents; MoMo study; LASSO
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