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The purpose of this study was to examine 9-13 year old children's reasons and motivations for participation in physical activity. Child's activity level, age, gender, race, parental education level, and perceived child weight were examined. For the most part, no differences were found in reasons children cited for doing or not doing physical activity based on children's activity level, age, race, parental education, and children's perceived weight. However, there were gender differences for amotivational reasons cited by children for not participating in physical activity. More than boys, girls indicated that they were too busy or were not athletic enough to participate. Implications for interventions and future research are provided.
child physical activity, gender and physical activity, children activity level
Date of Defense
October 27, 2010.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of Family and Child Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Sciences.
Includes bibliographical references.
Ronald Mullis, Professor Directing Thesis; Christine Readdick, Committee Member; Tom Ratliffe, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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