Do peers matter? A review of peer and/or friends' influence on physical activity among American adolescents

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Title: Do peers matter? A review of peer and/or friends' influence on physical activity among American adolescents
Authors: Fitzgerald, Amanda
Fitzgerald, Noelle
Aherne, Cian
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Date: Aug-2012
Online since: 2013-12-11T10:18:04Z
Abstract: This systematic review investigated the relationship between peer and/or friend variables and physical activity among adolescents by synthesising cross-sectional, longitudinal, and experimental research conducted in the US. Seven electronic databases were searched to identify related articles published within the last 10 years and the articles reviewed included adolescents between 10 and 18 years. Studies reporting a measure of physical activity for adolescents and at least one potential peer and/or friend variable were included. Research demonstrated that peers and friends have an important role to play in the physical activity behaviour of adolescents. Six processes were identified through which peers and/or friends may have an influence on physical activity including: peer and/or friend support, presence of peers and friends, peer norms, friendship quality and acceptance, peer crowds, and peer victimization. The theoretical significance of these results is assessed and the development of peer-related physical activity programs for adolescents is discussed.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Journal of Adolescence
Volume: 35
Issue: 4
Start page: 941
End page: 958
Copyright (published version): 2012 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Keywords: PeersFriendsPhysical activityAdolescentsSystematic review
DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2012.01.002
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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