Alternative high school students' physical activity: Role of self-efficacy

Den Yelle Baete Kenyon, Martha Y. Kubik, Cynthia Davey, John Sirard, Jayne A. Fulkerson

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Objective: To examine physical activity self-efficacy as a mediator of the association between perceived barriers to PA and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) among alternative high school (AHS) students. Methods: Students (N=145) from 6 AHS completed self-report questionnaires. Results: Mediation analyses revealed partial mediation of PA self-efficacy on relationships between general barriers to PA and MVPA (b = - .39 reduced b = - .33) among females (47.6% of sample). Conclusions: Interventions with female AHS students should include a component on building PA self-efficacy. However, results suggest the broader environment may have greater impact on MVPA than individual-level psycho-social factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-310
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • At-risk youth
  • Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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