Patterns of physical activity for adolescent girls in Fiji and Tonga

Mavoa, H., Waqa, G. and Fotu, K. 2006, Patterns of physical activity for adolescent girls in Fiji and Tonga, in APS and NZPsS 2006 : The Abstracts of the 2006 Joint Conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society, pp. 163-163.

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Title Patterns of physical activity for adolescent girls in Fiji and Tonga
Author(s) Mavoa, H.
Waqa, G.
Fotu, K.
Conference name Joint Conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society (2006 : Auckland, N.Z.)
Conference location Auckland, N.Z.
Conference dates 26-30 Sep. 2006
Title of proceedings APS and NZPsS 2006 : The Abstracts of the 2006 Joint Conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society
Editor(s) Katsikitis, M
Publication date 2006
Start page 163
End page 163
Summary Behavioural patterns are determined in part by sociocultural factors such as values, expected behaviours and sociopolitical organisation. This paper presents the patterns of physical activity reported by Tongan and Fijian females aged 12-18 years and possible explanations for these patterns. The paper draws on interviews conducted in a wider study of adolescents patterns of eating, physical activity and body size in Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. The study examined sociocultural factors that could promote or protect against obesity from the perspective of adolescents in order to develop culturally-appropriate strategies for healthy lifestyles. Twenty four indigenous Fijian and 24 Tongan females aged 12-18 years were interviewed by females who were fluent in participants first languages. Researchers from Australia, Tonga and Fiji analysed the data separately and then together in order to capture cultural nuances and enhance cultural validity. This analysis revealed similarities and differences in both cultural groups. Limitations to physical activity identified by Tongan and Fijian girls included the time spent in household chores and parental restrictions.Fijian girls also identified concern about personal safety as a constraint. These findings are examined in relation to sociocultural factors that appear to limit opportunities for young females to be physically active.
Notes The abstract for this paper has been published in : Australian Journal of Psychology, Vol.58, No.1, Supp.1, 2006, pp.107-211.
ISBN 0004-9530
Language eng
Field of Research 111715 Pacific Peoples Health
Socio Economic Objective 920503 Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups
HERDC Research category E3.1 Extract of paper
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