Adolescent girls' perceptions of physical activity: A focus group study

Whitehead, Sarah and Biddle, Stuart (2008) Adolescent girls' perceptions of physical activity: A focus group study. European Physical Education Review, 14 2: 243-262. doi:10.1177/1356336X08090708

Author Whitehead, Sarah
Biddle, Stuart
Title Adolescent girls' perceptions of physical activity: A focus group study
Journal name European Physical Education Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-336X
Publication date 2008-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1356336X08090708
Volume 14
Issue 2
Start page 243
End page 262
Total pages 20
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Subject 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract Low levels of physical activity among adolescent girls are a cause for concern. Examining girls' physical activity perceptions and motivations through in-depth qualitative research allows for greater understanding of the reasons behind their physical activity-related choices. Forty-seven girls aged 14 to 16 years participated in exploratory focus group discussions. Thematic analysis was carried out in which data were analysed inductively using a constant comparison method. The findings illustrate the extent to which adolescent girls' physical activity participation is affected by social influences and perceived societal norms. Furthermore, changing priorities throughout adolescence mean that physical activity is deprioritized, with many girls stating that they cannot be bothered to take part. Recommendations to increase participation include encouraging parental support, introducing peer mentoring schemes involving girls who enjoy and regularly participate in physical activity and providing activities for adolescent girls that are fun, informal in nature and involve participation with friends.
Keyword Adolescent girls
Physical activity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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