Physical activity in the lives of Hong Kong Chinese children

Ha, Amy S., Macdonald, Doune and Pang, Bonnie O. H. (2010) Physical activity in the lives of Hong Kong Chinese children. Sport Education and Society, 15 3: 331-346. doi:10.1080/13573322.2010.493313

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Author Ha, Amy S.
Macdonald, Doune
Pang, Bonnie O. H.
Title Physical activity in the lives of Hong Kong Chinese children
Journal name Sport Education and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-3322
Publication date 2010-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13573322.2010.493313
Volume 15
Issue 3
Start page 331
End page 346
Total pages 16
Editor John Evans
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract To understand the physical activity culture in the lives of Hong Kong Chinese children and their parents, 48 young people between the ages 9 and 16 and their parents, with different socio-economic backgrounds and geographical locations, were interviewed for this study. By applying Confucianism and postcolonialism, this study aimed to investigate the meaning of physical activity in the lives of Hong Kong children and their parents. The results showed that parents value physical activity as a factor which contributes to their children's well-being and provides balance to their life. There were differences though, in this attitude, for different age groups. Junior students (aged 9-12) expressed their interest in physical activities. However, older students (12 or above) in secondary school, think or are told that academic study is the most important aspect of their life and that physical activities are not a priority. When examining parents' and children's involvement in physical activity, the barriers to the parents' involvement in their children's physical activities included lack of time and a habitual sedentary lifestyle at home.
Keyword Physical activity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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