Journal article

How physical activity shapes, and is shaped by, adolescent friendships

Kayla de la Haye, Garry Robins, Philip Mohr, Carlene Wilson

Social Science & Medicine | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

The current study explored the role of school-based friendship networks in adolescents' engagement in physical activity (PA). It was hypothesized that similar participation in PA would be a basis for friendship formation, and that friends would also influence behavior. Whether these processes were mediated through cognitive mechanisms was also explored. Self-reported participation in PA, cognitions about PA, and friendship ties to grade-mates were measured in two cohorts of Australian grade eight students (N = 378; M age = 13.7) three times over the 2008 school year. Interdependence between the friendship networks and PA was tested using stochastic actor-based models for social networks and ..

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