Outdoor sports participation of women in urban areas of southern Europe: Motives and barriers
ISPAH ePoster Library. Dellas V. Oct 15, 2018; 225484; 177
Ms. Vicky Dellas
Ms. Vicky Dellas
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Abstract There are numerous advocacy and communication initiatives to enhance girls’ and women’s sport participation In European countries. However, less attention has been paid to design women friendly urban environments for recreational physical activity (RPA)/sports. Research showed that girls and women continue to experience more barriers, compared to boys and men regarding participation in outdoor PRA/sports. This may be especially the case in countries with lower gender equality in sports and larger society like many southern and eastern European countries. The aim of this study is to identify barriers and motives of adolescent girls and women in southern Europe to participate in outdoor RPA/sports. The research is part of the larger Erasmus+ project Sport for women in Urban Places (SW-UP). A questionnaire will be distributed in March 2018 among adolescent (young) women, aged 15 to 65, in six southern European cities in five countries, with an aimed response of 200 per city. The questionnaire contains items about sociodemographic positions, sport participation, attitudes and about, possibly gender specific, motives and barriers (e.g. physical competence, self-consciousness, social support (partner/peers), experienced safety and inclusiveness to women of public sports places. The results will be analyzed according to different structural and psychosocial perceived motives and barriers among specific groups of women (age, country of residence, education, household). The results will provide input to guidelines about how to further stimulate outdoor RPA/sports among different groups of women and how to design women friendly urban environments for outdoor RPA/sports.
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