Physical activity and positive youth development: Impact of a school-based program


Hannah Thompson, Katherine Hicks, Kristine Madsen


child education, child emotional wellbeing, child health, low-income students, physical activity, protective factors, school partnerships, school policies, youth development


Journal of School Health

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Policy Summary

Protective factors associated with positive youth development predict health and education outcomes. Low-income students report a significant decline in protective factors since 2001. School partnerships with youth development programs promoting physical activity may ameliorate declines in emotional wellbeing and increase physical activity. Programs that promote positive youth development through physical activity are worthy of implementation and further evaluation, particularly in the most disadvantaged schools. Potential implications for school-based policies.

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