Minority girls report the lowest levels of physical activity (PA), starting from middle childhood and continuously decreasing throughout adolescence. Studying psychosocial determinants of PA among girls in various stages of physical development may help explain the sex disparity. This study's objective was to compare exercise-related psychosocial factors between girls in early pubertal development (EPD, Tanner stages 1-3) and girls in advanced pubertal development (APD, stages 4-5). Findings indicate girls that are more physically developed receive less friend and familial social support and believe PA is less likely to serve any meaningful functions or means of escape from reality. Additional research is needed to identify methods to intervene on psychosocial factors that motivate PA among girls in APD.
|Advisor:||Nguyen-Rodriguez, Selena T.|
|Commitee:||Farmer, Gail C., Galvan, Christine|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public health, Kinesiology|
|Keywords:||Minority middle school girls, Physical activity, Psychosocial determinants, Pubertal differences|
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