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Testing the Youth Physical Activity Promotion Model during the COVID-19 Pandemic, with Partial Least Squares Second-Order Latent Constructs

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Centre for Applied Behavioral Economics, University of Bucharest, 030018 Bucharest, Romania
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Department of Physical Education, University of Bucharest, 030018 Bucharest, Romania
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(12), 6398; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126398
Received: 1 May 2021 / Revised: 10 June 2021 / Accepted: 11 June 2021 / Published: 13 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health-Related Physical Activity)
We tested the Youth Physical Activity Promotion (YPAP) framework on Romanian students in order to identify actionable determinants to support participation in physical activity. Our sample consisted of 665 responses to an online survey, with participants aged 18–23 (mean = 19 years); 70% were women. We used the partial least squares algorithm to estimate the relationships between students’ behavior and possible predictors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our results indicate that all the theoretical dimensions of YPAP (predisposing, enabling and reinforcing) have a positive and significant impact on physical activity, with two mediating mechanisms expressed as predisposing factors: able and worth. Unlike previous research, we used second-order latent constructs, unveiling a particular structure for the enabling dimension that only includes sport competence, fitness and skills, but not the environmental factors. View Full-Text
Keywords: Youth Physical Activity Promotion framework; students; Romania; COVID-19; health policy-making Youth Physical Activity Promotion framework; students; Romania; COVID-19; health policy-making
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Druică, E.; Ianole-Călin, R.; Sakizlian, M.; Aducovschi, D.; Dumitrescu, R.; Sakizlian, R. Testing the Youth Physical Activity Promotion Model during the COVID-19 Pandemic, with Partial Least Squares Second-Order Latent Constructs. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 6398. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126398

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Druică E, Ianole-Călin R, Sakizlian M, Aducovschi D, Dumitrescu R, Sakizlian R. Testing the Youth Physical Activity Promotion Model during the COVID-19 Pandemic, with Partial Least Squares Second-Order Latent Constructs. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(12):6398. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126398

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Druică, Elena, Rodica Ianole-Călin, Monica Sakizlian, Daniela Aducovschi, Remus Dumitrescu, and Robert Sakizlian. 2021. "Testing the Youth Physical Activity Promotion Model during the COVID-19 Pandemic, with Partial Least Squares Second-Order Latent Constructs" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 12: 6398. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126398

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