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Table 2 Meanings and assumptions of the relations contained in the conceptual model

From: Development of a dynamic framework to explain population patterns of leisure-time physical activity through agent-based modeling

Relation Meanings and assumptions
1 A person’s behavior is a function of his intention. The higher the intention, the more likely a person is to execute the behavior
2 The relation between intention and behavior is moderated by the person’s perception of the environment to practice. The more positive the perception, the more positive the relation between intention and behavior (Fig. 3)
3 The influence of the perceived environment to practice (relation 2) on the relation between intention and behavior (relation 1) has a U shape. The closer intention is to its upper or lower limit, the weaker the moderation effect of the perceived environment on the relation between intention and behavior (Fig. 3)
4 The person’s perception of the environment to practice is a function of the features of the places where LTPA is practiced. The better the features, the higher the likelihood of a positive perception
5 (a & b) The person’s intention is a function of his previous behavior and the behavior of his proximal network and community. This influence has an inverted U shape. The closer intention is to its upper or lower limit, the weaker the influence of the person’s previous behavior and of the social environment on his current intention
6 The behavior of the proximal network and community are influenced by the person’s behavior