Adolescent girl’s perceptions of physical activity: A systematic review of qualitative studies
ISPAH ePoster Library. Corr M. 10/16/18; 225396; 490
Meabh Corr
Meabh Corr
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Abstract Objective: To synthesise evidence from qualitative studies relating to adolescent girl’s perceptions of physical activity participation. Methods:<\b>
Four electronic databases (PubMed, Sports Discus, Academic Search Complete and Education Resources Information Centre-ERIC) were searched for journal articles published in English between 2001-2016. Studies reporting qualitative data that explored the views/opinions/perceptions of adolescent girls (>12 and <18 years old) were included. Data was synthesised using a thematic network and managed using NVivo (QSR International’s NVivo 10 software). The validity of the included studies was assessed using the “Critical Appraisal Skills Programme” checklist. The ENTREQ statement was followed when reporting this qualitative synthesis. Results:<\b>
24 studies (1,266 participants) were identified for inclusion. Global themes were identified using a thematic network. These themes were “Sport is for boys”; “Don’t bother trying, you’ll never get picked”; “When you succeed you want to keep going”; “There’s absolutely no room for anything else” and “You won’t be active if you want to fit in”.Conclusions: The results of this review provide vital insights into adolescent girl’s views on physical activity. A lack of support, feelings of incompetence, competing priorities during adolescence and a dislike of competitive sports deter a lot of girls from participating in physical activity. Future physical activity programmes should focus on providing autonomy to participants and aim to involve them in programme design to ensure the activities are tailored to their interests.
Abstract Objective: To synthesise evidence from qualitative studies relating to adolescent girl’s perceptions of physical activity participation. Methods:<\b>
Four electronic databases (PubMed, Sports Discus, Academic Search Complete and Education Resources Information Centre-ERIC) were searched for journal articles published in English between 2001-2016. Studies reporting qualitative data that explored the views/opinions/perceptions of adolescent girls (>12 and <18 years old) were included. Data was synthesised using a thematic network and managed using NVivo (QSR International’s NVivo 10 software). The validity of the included studies was assessed using the “Critical Appraisal Skills Programme” checklist. The ENTREQ statement was followed when reporting this qualitative synthesis. Results:<\b>
24 studies (1,266 participants) were identified for inclusion. Global themes were identified using a thematic network. These themes were “Sport is for boys”; “Don’t bother trying, you’ll never get picked”; “When you succeed you want to keep going”; “There’s absolutely no room for anything else” and “You won’t be active if you want to fit in”.Conclusions: The results of this review provide vital insights into adolescent girl’s views on physical activity. A lack of support, feelings of incompetence, competing priorities during adolescence and a dislike of competitive sports deter a lot of girls from participating in physical activity. Future physical activity programmes should focus on providing autonomy to participants and aim to involve them in programme design to ensure the activities are tailored to their interests.
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