A comparative study of factors influencing participation in sport and physical activity for metropolitan and rural female adolescents

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Craike, Melinda ORCID: 0000-0002-7374-1286, Symons, Caroline, Eime, Rochelle ORCID: 0000-0002-8614-2813, Payne, Warren ORCID: 0000-0001-5046-3992 and Harvey, John ORCID: 0000-0001-6927-6580 (2011) A comparative study of factors influencing participation in sport and physical activity for metropolitan and rural female adolescents. Annals of Leisure Research, 14 (4). pp. 355-368. ISSN 1174-5398 (print) 6816 (online)


The aim of this research was to provide a comparative analysis of the influence of behavioural alternatives, autonomy, competence and relatedness on participation in sport and physical activity for female adolescents within metropolitan and rural settings. Eighteen focus groups were conducted with a cross section of schools within metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria, Australia, involving 12–13-year olds and 15–16-year olds, using a semi-structured format. Content and thematic analyses were conducted on the data. Findings supported the sport commitment model by demonstrating that, in both rural and metropolitan settings, participation was influenced by the strength of commitment to a range of behavioural alternatives. Our findings also extended self-determination theory by suggesting that autonomy, competence, and relatedness were interrelated and their strength and influence on participation varied between settings. This study also has practical implications, including the promotion of more inclusive and supportive sports environments for female adolescents and promoting sport and physical activities as activity that promotes wellness, complements academic endeavours and reduces the stress of academic study.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9076
DOI 10.1080/11745398.2011.639405
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2011.639405
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Historical > SEO Classification > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Keywords ResPubID23455, ResPubID23661, ResPubID23681, physical activity, exercise, leisure, sport, adolescents
Citations in Scopus 16 - View on Scopus
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