Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Pubertal differences in psychosocial determinants of physical activity in minority middle school girls
by Alvarez, Lizette, M.P.H., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 55; 1582849
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nguyen-Rodriguez, Selena T.
Commitee: Farmer, Gail C., Galvan, Christine
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Health Science
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Public health, Kinesiology
Keywords: Minority middle school girls, Physical activity, Psychosocial determinants, Pubertal differences
Publication Number: 1582849
ISBN: 9781321525861