Active Commuting to School: A Test of a Modified Integrative Model Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • OBJECTIVE: To test a modified integrative model (IM) in explaining parents' intention toward active commuting to school (ACS) and children's ACS. METHODS: Parents of fourth graders (N = 857) completed a survey assessing factors associated with ACS. A modified IM was developed and tested using structural equation modeling. RESULTS: The IM demonstrated good model fit (RMSEA = .04, CFI = .97, TLI = .97). Perceived barriers, self-efficacy, and health beliefs/outcome evaluation predicted parents' intention directly and children's ACS indirectly, with self-efficacy as the strongest predictor. Intention, in turn, predicted children's ACS. Similar findings emerged in a replication using the urban subsample data. CONCLUSIONS: The IM may enable health behavior researchers to design effective interventions to promote ACS.

author list (cited authors)

  • Lu, W., McKyer, E., Lee, C., Wang, S., Goodson, P., & Ory, M. G.

publication date

  • January 1, 2014 11:11 AM