Physical Activity in Latino Adolescents: Understanding Influences on Activity Intentions

Eakin, Brenda L.; Villarruel, Antonia M.; Jemmott, III, John B.; Jemmott, Loretta S.; Ronis, David L.; Bigelow, April
December 2005
Hispanic Health Care International (Springer Publishing Company,;Winter2005, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p125
Academic Journal
Obesity has risen in all segments of the population but is more prevalent among Latino youth than non-Hispanic Whites. While physical activity is important in preventing obesity; little research is related to attitudes toward activity and intentions in Latino youth. This study describes activity attitudes and behaviors and examines predictors of activity intentions of Latino adolescents. Baseline data from 550 adolescents were examined as part of a larger HIV prevention intervention. Multiple regression analysis revealed attitude, acculturation, and past physical activity predicted future activity intentions. Separate analyses by gender showed attitude, acculturation, age, and past physical activity predicted intentions for boys. Only attitude and past physical activity predicted intentions for girls. Results represent initial efforts to understand the influences of behavior and intentions on physical activity in Lath no youth.


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