Individual- and environmental-related correlates of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in 11-, 13-, and 15-year-old Finnish children
Mehtälä, A., Villberg, J., Blomqvist, M., Huotari, P., Jaakkola, T., Koski, P., Lintunen, T., Mononen, K., Ng, K., Palomäki, S., Sääkslahti, A., Tammelin, T., Vasankari, T., & Kokko, S. (2020). Individual- and environmental-related correlates of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in 11-, 13-, and 15-year-old Finnish children. PLoS ONE, 15(6), Article e0234686. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0234686
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DisciplineLiikuntapsykologiaTerveyskasvatusLiikuntapedagogiikkaSport and Exercise PsychologyHealth Promotion and Health EducationSport Pedagogy
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The objective of this study was to analyze the associations of various individual- and environmental-related factors with subgroups of daily, frequent, moderate and low moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) among children and adolescents. Data were obtained from the Finnish School-age Physical Activity (FSPA) study 2016 from 4677 national representative 11-, 13-, and 15-year-old children and adolescents. MVPA and individual- and environmental-related factors were assessed by a questionnaire and analyzed by two-level logistic regression. Seventeen of the twenty-one variables were statistically significantly associated with MVPA. However, only three variables were statistically significant in all MVPA subgroups, whereby self-directed PA at least twice a week, fewer perceived barriers, and higher peer support increased the odds of participating in more MVPA. The results from this study showed essential differences among the MVPA subgroups, also supporting previous findings, whereby various individual- and environmental-based factors are associated with children and adolescents’ levels of MVPA. Challenges to designing and implementing effective interventions are based on the need to account for individual differences within the population, as well as the varied connections between PA with different social and physical environments where children and adolescents’ PA takes place. PA interventions with various actions at multiple levels are warranted. ...
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland; Ministry of Education and Culture
Funding program(s)Strategic research programmes, AoF; Others
Additional information about fundingThe work was funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture [Grant numbers: OKM/89/626/2015 and OKM/130/626/2018] and the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland through the project Healthy Lifestyles to Boost Sustainable Growth (STYLE) [Grant numbers: 320399, 320400 and 320403] to SK. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. ...
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