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High and low exercisers among 14- and 15-year-old children.
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PMID:  7946493     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To investigate ways in which young people's attitudes about, and motivation for, exercise vary with the levels of exercise they take, a self-completed questionnaire was given to 382 children aged 14-15 in two secondary schools in Devon. It was found that the high exercisers (defined by those in the highest quartile) had attitudes to exercise which were more favourable, received more encouragement to exercise and encouraged others to exercise more. The majority of low exercisers had positive beliefs about the value of exercise although approximately half in boys and one-third in girls were satisfied with the amount and kind of exercise they undertook. Low-exercising boys and girls at all exercise levels preferred their exercise to be noncompetitive. The majority of both sexes accepted that their future health depended on their current behaviour and, in girls, strength of this belief was directly related to exercise level. It may be concluded that advice to young people and physical education programmes in schools should take account of the attitudes and beliefs about exercise held by pupils of all physical abilities.
P Gentle; R Caves; N Armstrong; J Balding; B Kirby
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of public health medicine     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0957-4832     ISO Abbreviation:  J Public Health Med     Publication Date:  1994 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-12-20     Completed Date:  1994-12-20     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9011205     Medline TA:  J Public Health Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  186-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Postgraduate Medicine, University of Exeter.
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MeSH Terms
Competitive Behavior
Exercise* / physiology,  psychology
Health Behavior
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Status
Physical Fitness
Self Concept
Sex Factors
Social Support

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