Are you in Canada? Click here to proceed to the HK Canada website.

For all other locations, click here to continue to the HK US website.

Human Kinetics Logo

Purchase Courses or Access Digital Products

If you are looking to purchase online videos, online courses or to access previously purchased digital products please press continue.

Mare Nostrum Logo

Purchase Print Products or eBooks

Human Kinetics print books and eBooks are now distributed by Mare Nostrum, throughout the UK, Europe, Africa and Middle East, delivered to you from their warehouse. Please visit our new UK website to purchase Human Kinetics printed or eBooks.

Feedback IconFeedback
Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior PDF

Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior PDF

Challenges and Solutions

$104.95 CAD


Product Format

    As interest in the public health challenge of youth inactivity increases, the ambitious Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior sets a standard for addressing a problem with worldwide implications. Drawing on the contributions of a diverse group of international experts, this reference challenges professionals, researchers, and students to implement new solutions and further their research and work.  

    No other text addresses the causes, contributing factors, and fundamental issues in dealing with youth physical activity with such depth or comprehensive coverage. Using a multidisciplinary approach, Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior breaks away from traditional thinking that places activity and sedentary behavior on a single continuum, which may limit progress in addressing youth inactivity. Instead, the authors encourage readers to focus on how sedentary and physically active behaviors coexist and consider how the two behaviors may have different determinants. In doing so, the text also considers developmental features such as maturation, ethnicity, environment, and genetics across both childhood (through age 12) and adolescence (the teen years). By looking at a variety of psychosocial and epidemiological factors, the authors set the stage for a critical analysis of beliefs and views at a time when many assumptions are taken for granted. 

    This book is organized in three parts that build on one another to deepen readers’ understanding of this complex problem. This text begins by addressing the fundamental issues and assumptions pertaining to youth physical activity and sedentary behavior, covering such topics as measurement of the behavior in question, health outcomes, concepts, and trends in a public health context. Once readers have grasped this foundational knowledge, they advance to part II for a comprehensive account of personal factors likely to be associated with the problem. Part III moves beyond the individual into the wider social and contextual aspects of physically active and sedentary living in young people. Through this concluding part, readers gain the latest thinking on how parents, peers, schools, organized sport, and related factors link to youth physical activity and sedentary behavior.


    Each chapter presents the latest theory and research, real-world approaches to implementation, and background information to encourage discussion and future directions in national policy making. Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior also contains the following features that add to an unprecedented learning experience:

    •An at-a-glance look at why and how research can be used in the real world helps researchers relate their work to overall solutions.

    •Coverage of more issues related to this subject than are available in any other reference makes this a one-stop resource.  

    •Internationally respected foreword writer, editors, and contributors provide a cross-disciplinary perspective valuable for putting solutions into a wider context.

    •Applications for Professionals boxes and Applications for Researchers boxes at the end of each chapter provide practical suggestions for implementing solutions.


    Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior: Challenges and Solutions considers current research about youth physical activity and sedentary behavior across a range of personal factors as well as cultural and social influences. The text communicates the knowledge base on developmental, economic, psychological, and social factors related to youth physical activity and sedentary behavior and provides an overview of youth-specific approaches to addressing the problem of inactivity among youth.

    Part I. Conceptualization of Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior

    Chapter 1.Definitions and Measurement

    Simon J. Marshall and Gregory J. Welk

    Chapter 2.Youth Health Outcomes

    David J. Stensel, Trish Gorely, and Stuart J.H. Biddle

    Chapter 3. A Sociohistorical Analysis of U.S. Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior

    Mary McElroy

    Chapter 4.Conceptual Perspectives

    Claudio R. Nigg and Raheem J. Paxton

    Chapter 5.“Couch Potatoes” and “Wind-Up Dolls”? A Critical Assessment of the Ethics of Youth Physical Activity Research

    Michael Gard

    Part II. Developmental and Psychological Factors in Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior

    Chapter 6.Biocultural Factors in Developing Physical Activity Levels

    Robert M. Malina

    Chapter 7.Youth Attitudes

    Martin S. Hagger and Nikos L.D. Chatzisarantis

    Chapter 8.Motivational Characteristics

    Stuart J.H. Biddle, Darren C. Treasure, and C.K. John Wang

    Chapter 9.The Role of the Self

    Peter R.E. Crocker, Kent C. Kowalski, and Valerie Hadd

    Chapter 10.Youth With Movement Difficulties

    Janice Causgrove Dunn and Donna L. Goodwin

    Part III. Social and Contextual Factors in Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior

    Chapter 11.The Family

    Brian E. Saelens and Jacqueline Kerr

    Chapter 12.Peers

    Alan L. Smith and Meghan H. McDonough

    Chapter 13.Physical Activity Levels During the School Day

    Gareth Stratton, Stuart J. Fairclough, and Nicola D. Ridgers

    Chapter 14.Organized Sport and Physical Activity Promotion

    Robert J. Brustad, Runar Vilhjalmsson, and Antonio Manuel Fonseca

    Chapter 15.Community Out-of-School Physical Activity Promotion

    David A. Dzewaltowski

    Chapter 16.Living Environments

    Jo Salmon, John C. Spence, Anna Timperio, and Nicoleta Cutumisu

    Chapter 17.Economic Principles

    Chad D. Meyerhoefer

    Chapter 18.Culturally Appropriate Research and Interventions

    Suzanna M. Martinez, Elva M. Arredondo, Guadalupe X. Ayala, and John P. Elder

    Alan L. Smith, PhD, is associate professor of health and kinesiology at PurdueUniversity. He is recognized internationally for his research in developmental sport and exercise psychology, serves as associate editor of the Journal of Sport & ExercisePsychology, and is a consulting editor of Child Development. He is a fellow of the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and is a past chair of the SportPsychologyAcademy of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. He earned his PhD in exercise and movement science from the University of Oregon.

    Stuart J. H. Biddle, PhD, is professor of exercise and sport psychology at LoughboroughUniversity. A recognized leader in the field of physical activity and health for young people, he has worked in the area for nearly 30 years. He is coauthor of the first textbook on exercise psychology and has delivered keynotes and other lectures in more than 20 countries. Dr. Biddle is past president of the European Federation for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and was academic cochair of the Young and Active Project leading to national guidelines for physical activity for young people in the United Kingdom. He earned his PhD in psychology from KeeleUniversity.

    "This is a very thought-provoking book, considering the current state of childhood obesity in this country. It addresses the major problem in our culture of inactivity or a sedentary lifestyle."

    -Doody's Book Review

    Linking youth inactivity with health outcomes

     Alan Smith on youth physical activity