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Psychological and behavioral correlates of early adolescents' physical literacy

Blain, Dylan O., Curran, Thomas ORCID: 0000-0003-2443-5079 and Standage, Martyn (2021) Psychological and behavioral correlates of early adolescents' physical literacy. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 40 (1). 157 - 165. ISSN 0273-5024

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Identification Number: 10.1123/JTPE.2019-0131

Abstract

Purpose: Physical literacy is understood to be important for adolescents' behavioral and psychological wellness. Yet, to date, limited empirical data exist to support such reasoning. Addressing this gap, the present study examined relationships between physical literacy and early adolescents' physical education engagement, leisure-time exercise behavior, and psychological well-being. Methods: The physical literacy level of 187 early adolescents (Mage = 12.84, SD = 0.55, girls = 99) was measured using the Canadian Assessment for Physical Literacy. One week later, data pertaining to standardized measures of engagement in physical education, leisure-time exercise behavior, and psychological well-being were collected. Results: Structural equation modeling revealed that physical literacy was positively correlated with physical education engagement, leisure-time exercise, positive affect, and vitality, whereas it was negatively correlated with negative affect. Conclusion: The findings from this work substantiate the contention that physical literacy has manifold benefits for early adolescents' behavioral and psychological wellness.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journals.humankinetics.com/view/journals/j...
Additional Information: © 2021 Human Kinetics
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2024 17:18
Last Modified: 23 May 2024 19:18
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/121140

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