Background: Past research has shown that identity and motivational factors regarding physical activity (PA) are related to adolescents¿ participation in leisure time physical activity and other health-related behaviours. This study aimed to explore gender and age differences in this context. Methods: Participants were 212 Dutch high-school students (43% male) in the age of 11¿19 years (M¼15.2, SD¼1.95). Participants completed a paper-and-pencil questionnaire including measures of leisure time physical activity, PA identity, PA motives, and smoking behaviour. Findings: Boys and girls identified (equally) strongly with being a physically active person. While a stronger PA identity was not associated with higher participation in leisure time physical activity, it was associated with less smoking. PA motives differed by gender and age. Discussion: Competition was important for boys, while girls attached more importance to improving health. With increasing age, enjoyment became a less important and appearance a more important PA motive.
|Title of host publication||22nd Conference of the EHPS "Behaviour, Health & Healthcare: From Physiology to Policy", Bath, UK, 9 - 12 September, 2008|
|Place of Publication||Bath, United Kingdom|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
|Event||Behaviour, Health & Healthcare: From Physiology to Policy - |
Duration: 9 Sept 2008 → 12 Sept 2008
|Conference||Behaviour, Health & Healthcare: From Physiology to Policy|
|Period||9/09/08 → 12/09/08|