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|Author(s):||Santos, M. P.|
Page, A. S.
Cooper, A. R.
Ribeiro, J. C.
|Title:||Perceptions of the built environment in relation to physical activity in Portuguese adolescents|
|Abstract:||In this study, we investigated the association between perceptions of the built environment and physical activity among Portuguese boys and girls. Participants were 1124 adolescents (592 girls and 532 boys) 12- to 18-years-old. Physical activity and perceptions of environmental characteristics were assessed by self-report questionnaires. Significantly more girls (p<0.01) were classified as low-active (61.5%) compared to boys (22.9%). Logistic regression analyses (adjusted for age) showed a significant association between girl's physical activity and availability of free- or low-cost recreational facilities in the neighbourhood (OR = 1.44: 95% CI 0.99-2.11). Among boys, the presence of people being active in the neighbourhood was associated with higher levels of physical activity (OR = 1.59; 95% Cl 1.05-2.40). Perceptions of some aspects of neighbourhood environment may relate differently to participation in physical activity for boys compared to girls. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.|
|Scientific areas:||Ciências sociais|
|Document Type:||Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional|
|Appears in Collections:||FADEUP - Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional|
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