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

Craike, Melinda, Symons, C. and Zimmermann, J. 2009, Why do young women drop out of sport and physical activity? A social ecological approach, Annals of leisure research, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 148-172.

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Title Why do young women drop out of sport and physical activity? A social ecological approach
Author(s) Craike, Melinda
Symons, C.
Zimmermann, J.
Journal name Annals of leisure research
Volume number 12
Issue number 2
Start page 148
End page 172
Total pages 25
Publisher Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies
Place of publication Lindfield, N.S.W.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1174-5398
2159-6816
Keyword(s) physical activity
sport
physical education
adolescent
young women
social ecological framework
qualitative
Summary 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. These include: (1) enhancing intrinsic motivation for sport and physical activity; (2) appealing to young women’s need for socialising through opportunities for informal physical activity; (3) educating parents about the benefits of sport and physical activity; (4) overcoming gender stereotypes about what is acceptable behaviour for young women; (5) improving physical education teachers’ understanding of gender issues and motivating less physically active students; (6) the provision of accessible sport and physical activity facilities, programs, and services in schools; and (7) prioritorisation of sport and physical activity in the school curriculum. These strategies are not ‘quick fixes’, but rather require a whole-ofcommunity approach and, in some cases, a reorientation of societal values.
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Language eng
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2009, Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019779

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