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ISRN Obesity
Volume 2013, Article ID 586497, 11 pages
Review Article

Impact of Physical Activity Intervention Programs on Self-Efficacy in Youths: A Systematic Review

1Department of Pediatrics, Long Island Children’s Hospital, Stony Brook University Medical Center, 101 Nicolls Road, HSC Level T11, Room 020, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8111, USA
2Undergraduate Medical Education, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8111, USA
3Departments of Preventive Medicine and Surgery, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8111, USA

Received 18 July 2012; Accepted 14 August 2012

Academic Editors: M. G. Matos and S. Straube

Copyright © 2013 Rosa Cataldo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Lack of physical activity has contributed to the nation’s childhood obesity crisis, but the impact of physical activity on self-efficacy as a mediator of behavior change has not been examined. This systematic review (SR) describes the published evidence related to the impact of physical activity intervention programs on self-efficacy among youths. From January 2000 to June 2011, the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) standards were used to identify publications from PubMed, PsychInfo, Web of Knowledge, and the Cochran Database of Systematic Reviews. The Cochrane Population, Intervention, Control, Outcome, Study Design (PICOS) approach guided this SR articles selection and evaluation process. Of the 102 publications screened, 10 original studies matched the SR inclusion criteria. The types of physical activity interventions and self-efficacy assessments for these 10 studies were diverse. Of the 10 included articles, 6 articles identified an improvement in post-self-efficacy assessments compared to baseline and 4 showed no effect. In conclusion, physical activity intervention programs may improve self-efficacy in youths. A standardized approach to classify and measure self-efficacy is required. Further research is needed to quantify the association of self-efficacy ratings after completing physical activity interventions with objective health improvements, such as weight loss.