Predictors of physical activity in the transition after high school among young women

J Phys Act Health. 2008 Mar;5(2):275-85. doi: 10.1123/jpah.5.2.275.


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with physical activity (PA) in women during the first year following high school.

Methods: Females from 22 high schools (n = 915) completed the 3-Day Physical Activity Recall in 12th grade and reported if they were sports participants. After graduation, 305 women (18.9 +/- 0.6 years) completed the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. They reported time spent per day in moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) and vigorous PA (VPA) for the previous week. Multiple logistic regression was used to predict postgraduate PA.

Results: The odds of being in the high-active group were greater in women who were sports participants (OR = 1.93) in 12th grade. The odds of being in the high-active group were greater among white women (OR = 2.09) and greater among currently employed women compared with unemployed women (OR = 5.57). MVPA had borderline significance in the regression model.

Conclusion: Sports participation and being currently employed predicted physical activity at postgraduation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Schools*
  • South Carolina
  • Sports / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires