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Attachment relationships and physical activity in adolescents: The mediation role of physical self-concept

Li, Ru; Bunke, Sofia LU and Psouni, Elia LU (2016) In Psychology of Sport and Exercise 22. p.160-169
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Objectives: Based on the integration of attachment and physical self-perception perspectives, the present study examined links between adolescents' engagement in physical activity and their attachment relationships with mothers, fathers, and friends, respectively, and assessed the potential mediation role of physical self-perception in this link. Design and methods: Using a cross-sectional design, questionnaire data was obtained from 767 adolescents (49% boys, Mage = 12.92, SD = .86) and structural equation modeling was used to examine relationships among variables. Results: Attachment security with parents and friend was associated with higher levels of physical activity. There was partial support of the mediation role of physical... (More)
Objectives: Based on the integration of attachment and physical self-perception perspectives, the present study examined links between adolescents' engagement in physical activity and their attachment relationships with mothers, fathers, and friends, respectively, and assessed the potential mediation role of physical self-perception in this link. Design and methods: Using a cross-sectional design, questionnaire data was obtained from 767 adolescents (49% boys, Mage = 12.92, SD = .86) and structural equation modeling was used to examine relationships among variables. Results: Attachment security with parents and friend was associated with higher levels of physical activity. There was partial support of the mediation role of physical self-perception, as adolescents who were securely attached to mother and friend perceived themselves as having better physical condition, which in turn predicted greater engagement in physical activity. The mediation role of physical self-perception between mother attachment and PA was stronger for female adolescents. Secure attachment to father had a direct positive effect on physical activity. The direct effect was strongest for male adolescents. Conclusions: Our findings highlight the importance of relationship-based intervention strategies to enhance and maintain healthy regular physical activity among adolescents. (Less)
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10.1016/j.psychsport.2015.07.003
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  abstract     = {Objectives: Based on the integration of attachment and physical self-perception perspectives, the present study examined links between adolescents' engagement in physical activity and their attachment relationships with mothers, fathers, and friends, respectively, and assessed the potential mediation role of physical self-perception in this link. Design and methods: Using a cross-sectional design, questionnaire data was obtained from 767 adolescents (49% boys, Mage = 12.92, SD = .86) and structural equation modeling was used to examine relationships among variables. Results: Attachment security with parents and friend was associated with higher levels of physical activity. There was partial support of the mediation role of physical self-perception, as adolescents who were securely attached to mother and friend perceived themselves as having better physical condition, which in turn predicted greater engagement in physical activity. The mediation role of physical self-perception between mother attachment and PA was stronger for female adolescents. Secure attachment to father had a direct positive effect on physical activity. The direct effect was strongest for male adolescents. Conclusions: Our findings highlight the importance of relationship-based intervention strategies to enhance and maintain healthy regular physical activity among adolescents.},
  author       = {Li, Ru and Bunke, Sofia and Psouni, Elia},
  issn         = {1469-0292},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {160--169},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Psychology of Sport and Exercise},
  title        = {Attachment relationships and physical activity in adolescents: The mediation role of physical self-concept},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2015.07.003},
  volume       = {22},
  year         = {2016},
}