Pathways to outdoor recreation, physical activity, and delinquency among urban Latino adolescents

Caterina G. Roman, Monika Stodolska, Jennifer Yahner, Kimberly Shinew

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Background: Little is known about how physical activity and various high-risk behaviors of youth are associated, particularly in disadvantaged, minority neighborhoods. Purpose: We examine whether fear, victimization, and perceived incivilities are associated with physical activity and outdoor recreation among Latino youth and whether involvement in physical activity is associated with delinquency. Methods: Path models were assessed using data collected from school-based surveys of 390 youth across 3 schools in Chicago, Illinois. Results: Fear was associated with low levels of physical activity and outdoor recreation, while incivilities were associated with reduced levels of outdoor recreation but not physical activity. Outdoor recreation exhibited a positive association with delinquency. Some effects differed by gender. Conclusions: The findings reinforce considering different interventions to encourage physical activity and outdoor recreation for girls versus boys, and thinking comprehensively about lowering the risk for delinquency when encouraging outdoor recreation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S151-S161
JournalAnnals of Behavioral Medicine
Issue numberSUPPL.1
StatePublished - Feb 2013


  • Acculturation
  • Crime
  • Gender
  • Incivilities
  • Minority youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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