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A Study of the Related Factors of Regular Exercise Behavior among the 5th and 6th Graders of an Elementary School in New Taipei City
perceived self-efficacy for exercise
The main purpose of this study was to investigate the current status of regular exercise of elementary students and to explore the relationships between demographic characteristics and perceived self-efficacy for exercise. The subjects of the study were selected from the 5th and 6th graders of totally 244 school children in New Taipei City. Probability proportionate to size sampling method and 218 valid questionnaires were collected. The valid reply rate was 89.34%.One-way ANOVA, Chi-square test, Logistic regresstion were used to analyze the data. The results of the study were summarized as follows: 1.There were 59.2% subjects who had regular behavior of exercise, and the others were not. The main types of exercise participated by the subjects were basketball and jogging. 2.The subjects’ regular behavior of exercise wasn’t significantly different by the difference of their gender, grade, BMI, and parents’ level of education, but it was better by attending association of sport(p＜.05). 3.Attending association of sport(p＜.05) and perceived self-efficacy for exercise (p＜.001)were significant predictors of regular exercise behavior, and the former was a more important predictor than the latter. 4.Attending association of sport , perceived self-efficacy for exercise,could predict the variance of regular exercise behavior 30.3%.
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