Li, Kelin (2012). Assessing perceived neighborhood environment on adolescents' participation in leisure-time physical activity: A longitudinal approach. 2012 Add Health Users Conference.
In this study I apply a longitudinal approach to assess effects of perceived neighborhood environment on leisure-time physical activity participation during adolescent transition. Using several waves of data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, I employ logistic regression techniques and appropriate measures in exploratory analyses to assess the extent to which the neighborhood environment - particularly neighborhood social cohesion, neighborhood safety, and neighborhood facility access - effects adolescents’ participation in leisure-time physical activity. The dependent variable is measured using moderate-intensity physical activity. I also control for several predictors that are found of importance for leisure-time physical activity in previous researches, including sex, race/ethnicity, immigration status, marital status, and disability. Results confirm the significant relationship between neighborhood environment and adolescents’ participation in leisure-time physical activity, and have shown the positive association between neighborhood social cohesion and leisure-time physical activity as well as between neighborhood facility use and leisure-time physical activity.
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