Physical activity is critical to children's health and development. Previous studies on relations of physical activity and health in children were mainly stressed on physiological aspect. However, the impact of physical activity on social development was not given enough attention. The purpose of this study was to examine the association of physical activity levels and peer relation, and social interactions within group in children. Twenty-eight children in a class were purposive sampled and served as participants, whose average age were 10.7 ± 0.8 years. The assessment of Physical Activity Questionnaire (PQA) and Index of Sociometric Status Score (ISSS) were completed by all participants. The collected data were analyzed by Pearson product moment correlation analysis and sociogram. The results between physical activity levels and Index of Sociometric Status Score were significantly and positively correlated (r=.42, p＜.05), and it showed that the higher physical activity levels children have, the better social status they are. The sociogram displayed that children with higher physical activity levels have better peer relation than their counterparts.
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|