The roles of behavioral and implementation intentions in changing physical activity in young children with low socioeconomic status

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There is a dearth of research examining physical activity in children aged 6-10 years with low socioeconomic status, despite the fact there is good reason to suspect this is a critical period when physical activity habits are created. Physical activity and theory of planned behavior variables were measured at three time points, and children (N = 77) randomized to the experimental condition were additionally asked to form an implementation intention. Intention was a potent mediator of the past behavior-future behavior relationship and the implementation intention intervention significantly increased physical activity compared with the control condition. The findings suggest that physical activity can be increased in children aged 6-10 years with low socioeconomic status and that implementation intentions might enhance the effectiveness of children's physical activity programs. © 2010 Human Kinetics, Inc.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-376
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010