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Nutrición Hospitalaria

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GRAO-CRUCES, Alberto; LOUREIRO, Nuno; FERNANDEZ-MARTINEZ, Antonio  and  MOTA, Jorge. Influence of parents and friends on free time physical activity in Spanish students in years 12 to 16: gender and intensity differences. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2016, vol.33, n.4, pp.790-793. ISSN 1699-5198.

Background and objectives: This study examined the association of parents and friends support with differents intensities of free time physical activity in Spanish adolescents of both genders. Methods: A total of 352 Spanish adolescents (51.70% boys; 12-16 years) completed the International Physical Activity Questionnaire for Adolescents and a validated questionnaire about social support. Linear regression analysis were performed adjusted for age. Results: Social support from parents and friends influenced positively on vigorous free time physical activity in Spanish adolescents (β = 0.226 and β = 0.285 in boys, and β = 0.167 and β = 0.181 in girls, for parents and friends support respectively), and on moderate free time physical activity levels in girls (β = 0.195 and β = 0.200 respectively). Conclusions: Parents and friends support contributes to moderate-or-vigorous physical activity levels in Spanish adolescents.

Keywords : Adolescents; Social support; Sports; Lifestyle.

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