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Patterns of physical activity for adolescent girls in Fiji and Tonga

conference contribution
posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by Helen Mavoa, G Waqa, K Fotu
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.

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Event

Joint Conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society (2006 : Auckland, N.Z.)

Pagination

163 - 163

Location

Auckland, N.Z.

Start date

2006-09-26

End date

2006-09-30

Language

eng

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The abstract for this paper has been published in : Australian Journal of Psychology, Vol.58, No.1, Supp.1, 2006, pp.107-211.

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E3.1 Extract of paper

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2006, APS and NZPsS

Editor/Contributor(s)

M Katsikitis

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

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