The present study evaluated direct and indirect associations between aerobic fitness, executive control, and emotion regulation among a sample of children aged 8-12 years. To evaluate these associations, the study employed a cross-sectional design and full-information maximum likelihood (FIML) structural equation modeling. Although the hypothesized factor analytic model failed to converge, an alternative exploratory model allowed for the evaluation of associations between primary study variables. Results supported a moderate direct association between childhood aerobic fitness and executive control, a strong direct negative association between executive control and emotion regulation, and a moderate indirect association between aerobic fitness and emotion regulation through executive control. These findings provide preliminary evidence that executive control functions as a mediator between aerobic fitness and emotion regulation and may help explain the means by which aerobic exercise exerts its influence on emotional wellbeing among preadolescent children.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Psychology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Lott, Mark A., "Aerobic Fitness, Executive Control, and Emotion Regulation in Preadolescent Children" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 5869.
aerobic fitness, executive control, emotion regulation, structural equation modeling