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A comparative study of factors influencing participation in sport and physical activity for metropolitan and rural female adolescents

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posted on 2011-12-01, 00:00 authored by Melinda Craike, C Symons, R Eime, Warren PayneWarren Payne, J Harvey
The aim of this research was to provide a comparative analysis of the influence of behavioural alternatives, autonomy, competence and relatedness on participation in sport and physical activity for female adolescents within metropolitan and rural settings. Eighteen focus groups were conducted with a cross section of schools within metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria, Australia, involving 12–13-year olds and 15–16-year olds, using a semi-structured format. Content and thematic analyses were conducted on the data. Findings supported the sport commitment model by demonstrating that, in both rural and metropolitan settings, participation was influenced by the strength of commitment to a range of behavioural alternatives. Our findings also extended self-determination theory by suggesting that autonomy, competence, and relatedness were interrelated and their strength and influence on participation varied between settings. This study also has practical implications, including the promotion of more inclusive and supportive sports environments for female adolescents and promoting sport and physical activities as activity that promotes wellness, complements academic endeavours and reduces the stress of academic study.

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Journal

Annals of leisure research

Volume

14

Issue

4

Pagination

355 - 368

Publisher

Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies

Location

Lindfield, N.S.W.

ISSN

1174-5398

eISSN

2159-6816

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, Routledge

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