International Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 360–372

Physical activity levels of barbadian youth and comparison to a U.S. sample

  • Judith J. Prochaska
  • James F. Sallis
  • Beverly Griffith
  • Jack Douglas

DOI: 10.1207/S15327558IJBM0904_05

Cite this article as:
Prochaska, J.J., Sallis, J.F., Griffith, B. et al. Int. J. Behav. Med. (2002) 9: 360. doi:10.1207/S15327558IJBM0904_05


This isthe first study toreport on physical activity levels of young people in Barbados. The Self-Administered Physical Activity Checklist was administered to 1,579 children aged 8 to 18 years. The majority of youth (69%) reported at least 60 min of physical activity on the previous school day. Boys and younger students reported greater physical activity than girls and older students (p < .001). Participation in physical education was low among primary (30%) and secondary (18%) school students, and youth reported the majority of their physical activity took place after school (58%). Physical activity levels and patterns were similar to those of U.S. youth. Gender and grade differences in physical activity could put girls and older youth at higher risk for health problems such as obesity. Policy recommendations to support youth physical activity in Barbados include mandatory daily physical education and after-school physical activity programs.

Key words

adolescents Barbados children physical activity television 

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© International Society of Behavioral Medicine 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith J. Prochaska
    • 1
  • James F. Sallis
    • 2
  • Beverly Griffith
    • 3
  • Jack Douglas
    • 4
  1. 1.Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical PsychologySan Diego State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologySan Diego State UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Physical Education DepartmentQueen’s CollegeBarbadosWest Indies
  4. 4.Physical Education DepartmentUniversity of CaliforniaSan CiegoUSA
  5. 5.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of California San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA