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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(7), 797; doi:10.3390/ijerph14070797

Physical Outdoor Activity versus Indoor Activity: Their Influence on Environmental Behaviors

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Graduate Institute of Environmental Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 116, Taiwan
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School of Management and Enterprise, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD 4350, Australia
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Received: 10 May 2017 / Revised: 13 July 2017 / Accepted: 13 July 2017 / Published: 17 July 2017
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There are strong evidences linking physical outdoor activity and health benefits; however, little is known about the impact on environmental behaviors. Thus, this study aims to close this gap by investigating the influence of physical outdoor activity on environmental behaviors. A total of 416 surveys were distributed to students in eight public primary schools located near the Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park in Taiwan. Findings from the analysis revealed that subjective norms had a more influential effect on environmental behaviors for participants who engaged in physical activity at outdoor parks. In contrast, descriptive norms had a direct predictive impact on environmental behaviors for participants whose main physical activity venue was at the indoor after-school centers. Research results also highlighted attitude as the strongest predictive variable influence on environmental behaviors for children who engaged in physical indoor and outdoor activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental behaviors; physical outdoor activity; primary school children; social norms environmental behaviors; physical outdoor activity; primary school children; social norms
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Fang, W.-T.; Ng, E.; Chang, M.-C. Physical Outdoor Activity versus Indoor Activity: Their Influence on Environmental Behaviors. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 797.

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