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Using a socioecological approach to examine participation in sport and physical activity among rural adolescent girls

Casey, Meghan, Eime, Rochelle ORCID: 0000-0002-8614-2813, Payne, Warren ORCID: 0000-0001-5046-3992 and Harvey, John ORCID: 0000-0001-6927-6580 (2009) Using a socioecological approach to examine participation in sport and physical activity among rural adolescent girls. Qualitative Health Research, 19 (7). pp. 881-893. ISSN 1049-7323

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Adolescence is a critical time for developing lifelong healthy behaviors, including active lifestyles. Participation in sport and physical activity, however, declines during adolescence, and few studies have comprehensively identified why, particularly among rural girls. This article identifies a range of independent and interacting factors that influence sport and physical activity participation of rural adolescent girls. The socioecological model of health was used to guide four focus group discussions with Grade 7 girls (n = 34). The results showed that adolescent girls were positively influenced when sports or physical activities were fun, when they involved being with friends, and when they were supported by families and teachers through role modeling and positive feedback. A range of intrapersonal and organizational factors affected perceived self-competence, particularly the coeducational nature of school physical education classes and peer teasing, which supported social comparisons of skill level. In promoting sport and physical activity to rural adolescent girls, focus must be directed on developmentally appropriate activities that are fun, offering opportunities for single-sex classes, and generating cultural changes that encourage noncompetitive and self-referencing activities

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID19432, adolescents female, exercise, health behavior, obesity, physical activity, qualitative methods general, youth
Subjects: Historical > SEO Classification > 9299 Other Health
Current > Division/Research > Other
Current > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2011 08:29
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 05:40
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