Perceptions of environmental supports on the physical activity behaviors of university men and women

A preliminary investigation

Julian Reed, Barbara Ainsworth

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Abstract

Objective: To examine perception differences between genders of university sidewalks and safety from crime on the physical activity (PA) behaviors of undergraduate students. Participants: Five hundred and sixty undergraduate students participated in this study. Methods: The authors derived questions from the South Carolina Environmental Supports for Physical Activity Questionnaire (SCESPAQ) and National College Health Risk Behavior Survey (NCHRS) PA module. Results: The authors found a significant mean difference between genders for the Moderate Intensity Item (eg, walking and biking) and the Flexibility Item, r(558) = 3.602, p = .001, and f(558) = 1.946, p = .050, respectively. Of participants surveyed, 30% of women perceived this campus to be extremely safe compared with 49% of men, /(558) = 4.240, p = .001. Gender and the perceptions of sidewalk presence were significantly related (p < .05) to respondents' walking or bicycling patterns. Conclusions: Perceptions of sidewalks and safety from crime on this university campus were related to students' PA behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-204
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume56
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2007

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Keywords

  • College health
  • Ecological model
  • Physical activity

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Education

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Perceptions of environmental supports on the physical activity behaviors of university men and women : A preliminary investigation. / Reed, Julian; Ainsworth, Barbara.

In: Journal of American College Health, Vol. 56, No. 2, 09.2007, p. 199-204.

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