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.

Key Finding:

  • 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.

Introduction to the Active Living Research Supplement

  1. 1. Translating Research to Policy Through Health Impact Assessment in Clark County, Washington
  2. 2. Uneven Playing Field--Effective Strategies to Address Health Inequity Through Active Living Research
  3. 3. Using Evidence to Create Active Communities: Stories from the Field--Policy and Research with Chicago's Child Care Centers
  4. 4. Trends in Presentations of Environmental and Policy Studies Related to Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity at Society of Behavioral Medicine, 1995-2010
  5. 5. Spatial Disparities in the Distribution of Parks and Green Spaces in the USA
  6. 6. Exploring the Distribution of Park Availability, Features, and Quality Across Kansas City, Missouri by Income and Race/Ethnicity
  7. 7. Perceptions of Neighborhood Park Quality
  8. 8. Gender Differences in Self-Report Physical Activity and Park and Recreation Facility Use Among Latinos in Wake County, North Carolina
  9. 9. Beyond Distance: Children's School Travel Mode Choice
  10. 10. The Perceived and Built Environment Surrounding Urban Schools and Physical Activity Among Adolescent Girls
  11. 11. Aesthetic Amenities and Safety Hazards Associated with Walking and Bicycling for Transportation in New York City
  12. 12. Does Neighbourhood Walkability Moderate the Effects of Mass Media Communication Strategies to Promote Regular Physical Activity?
  13. 13. Individual-and Area-Level Disparities in Access to the Road Network, Subway System and a Public Bicycle Share Program on the Island of Montreal, Canada
  14. 14. Effect of Bike Lane Infrastructure Improvements on Ridership in One New Orleans Neighborhood
  15. 15. Using Google Street View to Audit the Built Environment
  16. 16. School Sport Participation Under Two School Sport Policies
  17. 17. Physical Education and Student Activity
  18. 18. District and School Physical Education Policies
  19. 19. Predictors of Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) in African American Young Adolescents
  20. 20. Pathways to Outdoor Recreation, Physical Activity, and Delinquency Among Urban Latino Adolescents
  21. 21. Locations of Joint Physical Activity in Parent-Child Pairs Based on Accelerometer and GPS Monitoring