Physical Activity Behaviors and Determinants in Children and Adolescents



Series: Physical Fitness, Diet and Exercise
BISAC: HEA046000

Today’s children and adolescents are experiencing higher rates of overweightness/obesity and poorer health outcomes than any other time in history. As overweight or obese children are at greater risk of the same conditions in adulthood and the ensuing health consequences which arise, literature highlighting how theoretical frameworks can be utilized to guide physical activity intervention programs is advised and needed. Provision of contemporary research with the aforementioned objectives in mind is the reasoning behind the current book. By providing analyses and interpretation of children and adolescents’ physical activity behaviors through the lens of well-established psychological and/or health promotion theories, this book provides empirically-based conclusions and implementation strategies for scholars and practitioners who desire the promotion of physical activity participation and better health outcomes among these populations.

Within this book, readers can expect to find chapters devoted to the analyses of physical activity behavior among children and adolescent in free-living and physical education settings with an emphasis of how the manipulation of physical activity determinants, such as physical activity self-efficacy, enjoyment, situational interest and social support, influence physical activity participation. Other aspects of the book include a synthesis of how variables such as parent’s beliefs regarding physical activity, perceived exertion, as well as the youth’s gender and age affect the related physical activity determinants and the subsequent implementations of physical activity interventions. It is hoped that through the current book’s structured formatting and writing quality, scholars and practitioners can better formulate real-world physical activity intervention programs which provide the best opportunity for the youth population to be more physically active and healthy.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Adolescent Girls’ Physical Activity Determinants and Physical Activity Participation: An Application of the Social Ecological Model
(Huiping Sheng, Zachary Pope, Zan Gao, WellCare Health Plans Inc., Tampa, FL, USA, and others)

Chapter 2
Adolescent Girls’ Physical Activity Levels in New Mexico: Status, Determinants, and Measurement Issues
(Huiping Sheng, Zachary Pope, Zan Gao, WellCare Health Plans Inc., Tampa, FL, USA, and others)

Chapter 3
Protection Motivation Theory-Based Beliefs Predict Adolescents’ Physical Activity and Intention
(Charles C. Huang, Jung Eun Lee, Zachary Pope, Zan Gao, Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, TX, USA, and others)

Chapter 4
Using Motivational and Volitional Interventions to Promote Adolescents’ Physical Activity
(Charles C. Huang, Zachary Pope, Zan Gao, Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, TX, USA, and others)

Chapter 5
Associations Among Elementary School Children’s Self-Efficacy, Enjoyment, and Perceived Exertion in Exergaming
(Peng Zhang, Zachary Pope, Zan Gao, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA, USA, and others)

Chapter 6
High School Students’ Situational Interest and Physical Activity Levels in Exergaming
(Cédric Roure, Denis Pasco, Zachary Pope, Zan Gao, Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, and others)

Chapter 7
Mediating Role of Perceived Competence on Children’s Perceived Exergaming Skills, Physical Activity and Fitness
(Jung Eun Lee, David F. Stodden, Tao Zhang, Alice Fang Yan, and Zan Gao, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, USA, and others)

Chapter 8
Adolescents’ Accelerometer-Determined Physical Activity Levels in Physical Education: Gender and Grade Differences
(Zachary Pope, Zan Gao, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, USA)

Chapter 9
Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Fitness in Physical Education: Theoretical Correlates and Moderators
(You Fu, Zan Gao, Ryan D. Burns, James C. Hannon, University of Nebraska Kearney, Kearney, NE, USA, and others)


This book is written for the below target population, including but not limited to: educators, physical activity specialists, kinesiology and public health researchers, pediatricians and other health care practitioners, child health researchers, and child health policy makers who are involved in the effort of promoting physical activity levels and improving the quality of life of vulnerable populations.

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