Why do young women drop out of sport and physical activity? A social ecological approach

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Craike, Melinda ORCID: 0000-0002-7374-1286, Symons, Caroline and Zimmermann, Jo An M (2009) Why do young women drop out of sport and physical activity? A social ecological approach. Annals of Leisure Research, 12 (2). pp. 126-150. ISSN 1174-5398


This study explored significant individual, social, and environmental factors and how they interact to influence participation in physical activity for adolescent young women. These factors were explored at two transitional life stages: from primary to secondary school and from middle to upper years at secondary school. Ten focus groups with young women and 10 interviews with teachers were conducted and multiple, interrelated themes emerged. Our findings indicated that there are a number of strategies that could be undertaken to increase the participation of young women in physical activity.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/4230
DOI 10.1080/11745398.2009.9686816
Official URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1174539...
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > SEO Classification > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Keywords ResPubID18063. young women, females, sports participation, physical activity, adolescent, social ecological framework
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