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This research aimed to explore factors predicting exercise behaviors among late school-age children. A systematic random sampling technique was used to recruit 190 late school-age children. The research instruments were questionnaires relating to exercise behaviors in the past, perceived barriers to exercise, perceived benefits of exercise, perceived self-efficacy to exercise, feelings associated with exercise behaviors, family influences to exercise, teacher influences to exercise, friend influences to exercise, perceived environmental influences to exercise, and exercise behaviors. The content validity indices were 1. Internal consistency reliability for research instruments tested by Cronbach’s alpha coefficients were .76, .97, .93, .97, .83, .93, .85, .95, .91, and .92, respectively. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and multiple linear regression.
The results were as follows: The factors capable of predicting the exercise behaviors of late school-age children were exercise behaviors in the past and family influences to exercise. The exercise behavior in the past was identified as the most influential factor (Beta = .690), and family influences to exercise was found to be a less influential one (Beta = .148). All of the combined factors were capable of predicting the variance of exercise behaviors by 56.7 percent with statistical significance at the .05 level. (F (2, 187) = 122.406, p = .000, R = .753, R2 = .567, R2 Adjusted = .562)
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