A prospective study on changes of cognitions, interpersonal influences, and physical activity in Taiwanese youth

Tsu Yin Wu, Jun Ling Jwo

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

14 Citations (Scopus)


The decline of physical activity during adolescence is not well understood. This prospective study followed 969 Taiwanese students from eighth to ninth grade and examined their physical activity-related cognitions, interpersonal influences, and behavior of physical activity across the grade transition. Gender differences were found in the effects of the grade transition on physical activity and its related cognitions. The correlation coefficients showed moderate tracking for physical activity, cognitions, and interpersonal influences for both genders. The results also indicated that cognitions are more stable than behavior. The present study provides evidence of the decline in physical activity in Taiwanese youth across the grade transition as well as gender differences in the variables cognitions and interpersonal influences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Mar



  • Adolescents
  • Gender differences
  • Health Promotion Model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Nephrology

Cite this