Participation in recreational physical activity: Why do socioeconomic groups differ?

Burton, Nicola W., Turrell, Gavin and Oldenburg, Brian (2003) Participation in recreational physical activity: Why do socioeconomic groups differ?. Health Education & Behavior, 30 2: 225-244. doi:10.1177/1090198102251036

Author Burton, Nicola W.
Turrell, Gavin
Oldenburg, Brian
Title Participation in recreational physical activity: Why do socioeconomic groups differ?
Journal name Health Education & Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1090-1981
Publication date 2003-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1090198102251036
Volume 30
Issue 2
Start page 225
End page 244
Total pages 20
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, C.A., U.S.A.
Publisher Sage Publications Inc
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract This qualitative study explored how influences on recreational physical activity (RPA) were patterned by socioeconomic position. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 10 males and 10 females in three socioeconomic groups (N = 60). Influences salient across all groups included previous opportunities, physical health, social assistance, safety, environmental aesthetics and urban design, physical and health benefits, and barriers of self-consciousness, low skill, and weather/time of year. Influences more salient to the high socioeconomic group included social benefits, achieving a balanced lifestyle, and the barrier of an unpredictable lifestyle. Influences more salient to the high and mid socioeconomic groups included efficacy, perceived need, activity demands, affiliation, emotional benefits, and the barrier of competing demands. Influences more salient to the low socioeconomic group included poor health and barriers of inconvenient access and low personal functioning. Data suggest that efforts to increase RPA in the population should include both general and socioeconomically targeted strategies.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Physical Activity
Socioeconomic Status (ses)
Physical Environment
Blue-collar Workers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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