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Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior

Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior

Challenges and Solutions

$135.95 CAD


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    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.


    A reference for exercise science professionals and researchers, social scientists, consultants, and health officials who want to improve the health of children; a reference for upper-undergraduate and graduate courses in developmental sport and exercise psychology, physical activity and health, behavioral medicine, health promotion, and youth physical activity.

    Part I. Conceptualization of Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior

    Chapter 1. Definitions and Measurement
    Simon J. Marshall and Gregory J. Welk
    Understanding Physical Activity and Inactivity
    Understanding Active and Sedentary Behavior in Youth
    Recommended Levels of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior
    Measuring Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior

    Chapter 2. Youth Health Outcomes
    David J. Stensel, Trish Gorely, and Stuart J.H. Biddle
    Overweight and Obesity
    Type 2 Diabetes
    Cardiovascular Disease Risk
    Skeletal Health
    Mental Health

    Chapter 3. A Sociohistorical Analysis of U.S. Youth Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior
    Mary McElroy
    Early 20th Century Views of Children's Health
    The First Weight Crisis and American Youth
    The Intractability of Youth Obesity
    The Growth of the Media Generation
    Challenges Facing Contemporary Families
    Lessons Learned From the Past for the Future

    Chapter 4. Conceptual Perspectives
    Claudio R. Nigg and Raheem J. Paxton
    Necessity and Status of Theory
    A Review of Theory-Based Interventions
    Critical Evaluation of Applied Theory
    Improving Our Theoretical Understanding

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

    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
    A Biocultural Perspective
    Factors Related to Physical Activity Levels
    Activity Levels, Fitness, and Sport

    Chapter 7. Youth Attitudes
    Martin S. Hagger and Nikos L.D. Chatzisarantis
    Attitudes in Social Science Research
    Modifications of the Theory of Planned Behavior
    Individual Differences in the Theory of Planned Behavior
    Recommended Interventions Derived From the TPB

    Chapter 8. Motivational Characteristics
    Stuart J.H. Biddle, Darren C. Treasure, and C.K. John Wang
    Descriptive Approaches
    Framework for Theoretical Perspectives
    Suggestions for Action

    Chapter 9. The Role of the Self
    Peter R.E. Crocker, Kent C. Kowalski, and Valerie Hadd
    General Conceptions of the Self
    The Physical Self
    The Self and Physical Activity

    Chapter 10. Youth With Movement Difficulties
    Janice Causgrove Dunn and Donna L. Goodwin
    Importance of Physical Activity for This Population
    Theoretically Based Predictions and Research Findings
    Environmental Issues
    Intervention Research
    Recommendations for Future Research

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

    Chapter 11. The Family
    Brian E. Saelens and Jacqueline Kerr
    Types of Familial Influence
    Correlational Studies of Familial Influences
    Studies of Other Family Factors
    Intervention Studies
    Conclusions and Recommendations for Research

    Chapter 12. Peers
    Alan L. Smith and Meghan H. McDonough
    Basic Concepts in Peer-Related Research
    Peer Research
    Promising Future Research Directions

    Chapter 13. Physical Activity Levels During the School Day
    Gareth Stratton, Stuart J. Fairclough, and Nicola D. Ridgers
    Active Transportation
    Physical Education

    Chapter 14. Organized Sport and Physical Activity Promotion
    Robert J. Brustad, Runar Vilhjalmsson, and Antonio Manuel Fonseca
    Organized Sport Participation and Children's Well-Being
    Youth Sport Value Structures
    Theoretical Perspectives
    Developmental and Motivational Considerations
    Gender and Socioeconomic Influences
    Programming to Facilitate Lifelong Physical Activity

    Chapter 15. Community Out-of-School Physical Activity Promotion
    David A. Dzewaltowski
    After-School Programs in the United States
    The Organized Community Opportunities Model
    Research Based on the Organized Community Model
    Conclusions and Future Directions

    Chapter 16. Living Environments
    Jo Salmon, John C. Spence, Anna Timperio, and Nicoleta Cutumisu
    Conceptual and Theoretical Perspectives
    The Home Environment
    The Neighborhood Environment
    Implications for Research and Practice

    Chapter 17. Economic Principles
    Chad D. Meyerhoefer
    Individual Choices and the Market Economy
    Market Failures
    Policy Solutions
    The Field in Perspective

    Chapter 18. Culturally Appropriate Research and Interventions
    Suzanna M. Martinez, Elva M. Arredondo, Guadalupe X. Ayala, and John P. Elder
    Physical Inactivity in Immigrant and Ethnic Minority Populations
    Adapting Models and Theories
    Unique Contextual Factors
    Culturally Appropriate Interventions

    Alan L. Smith, PhD, is associate professor of health and kinesiology at Purdue University. He is recognized internationally for his research in developmental sport and exercise psychology, serves as associate editor of the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 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 Sport Psychology Academy 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 Loughborough University. 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 Keele University.

    "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