Pathways to Outdoor Recreation, Physical Activity, and Delinquency Among Urban Latino Adolescents
This study examined how individual-level factors, such as fear and perceptions of incivilities, among youth in neighborhoods with high crime rates may influence levels of physical activity and delinquency.
Latino youth from three Chicago middle and high school schools located in a neighborhood characterized by high poverty and crime were surveyed (N=390). The data were collected between May 2010 and May 2011. The survey included questions about delinquent behavior, victimization, and details on recent and average levels of physical activity and outdoor recreation. Additionally, perceived incivilities and level of acculturation were measured.
- Latino adolescents who reported engaging in higher levels of outdoor recreation also reported higher levels of delinquency. However, fear was associated with lower levels of physical activity and outdoor recreation in Latino boys but not in Latina girls.
Focused attention to increasing levels of physical activity among Latinos may need to be tailored by gender. Future study of outdoor recreation activities should measure the contexts in which these activities take place, particularly how boys’ behavior differs from girls.
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