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The relationship between body image, physical activity, perceived health, and behavioural regulation among Year 7 and Year 11 girls from metropolitan and rural Australia

Symons, Caroline, Polman, Remco, Moore, Melisa, Borkoles, Erika, Eime, Rochelle ORCID: 0000-0002-8614-2813, Harvey, John ORCID: 0000-0001-6927-6580, Craike, Melinda ORCID: 0000-0002-7374-1286, Banting, Lauren K and Payne, Warren ORCID: 0000-0001-5046-3992 (2013) The relationship between body image, physical activity, perceived health, and behavioural regulation among Year 7 and Year 11 girls from metropolitan and rural Australia. Annals of Leisure Research, 16 (2). pp. 115-129. ISSN 1174-5398 (print) 2159-6816 (online)

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between educational year level, regional differences in adolescent girls' body image perceptions, body mass index (BMI), physical activity (PA) level, self-reported health, and dietary behaviour. Also, the role of PA behavioural regulation on body image was examined. The sample (N=732; Year 7 aged 12.23 years and Year 11 aged 16.18 years) included girls in Year 7 (n=489) and in Year 11 (n=243), recruited from 17 metropolitan and 14 rural schools in Victoria, Australia. Girls completed a self-report questionnaire. Novel outcomes from this study revealed year level and region differences in girls' body image perceptions, BMI, and health behaviours. Body dissatisfaction was associated with poorer perceived health, and health behaviours, such as low PA levels and dieting and external PA motivational orientation. Interventions are needed to promote positive body image and intrinsic motivation for PA to increase PA levels among adolescent girls living in metropolitan and rural regions of Australia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: body image, physical activity, adolescent girls, year level, rural, metropolitan
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2014 00:12
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2018 23:38
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24762
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2013.793166
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