Active Future: An 8-week programme to engage marginalised adolescents in a health and education initiative
ISPAH ePoster Library. Spratt-O'Shea N. Oct 15, 2018; 225549; 164
Niamh Spratt-O'Shea
Niamh Spratt-O'Shea
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Abstract IntroductionOnly 12% of post-primary school children in Ireland meet the recommended physical activity guidelines. Children and adolescents from lower socio-economic backgrounds have fewer opportunities to engage in physical activity compared to their higher socio-economic counterparts. The Active Future programme was developed to target marginalised adolescents who are (i) at risk of early school leaving (ii) physically inactive and/or (iii) suffering from mental health difficulties. The 8-week health and education programme runs in I.T. Carlow (Ireland) in partnership with local school completion programmes and secondary schools. The programme consists of (a) a physical activity input (b) a physical health input and (c) a mental health input. Inputs A and B are developed and delivered by Sport and Exercise Science students who act as mentors throughout the programme whilst a psychotherapist delivers input C. MethodsApproximately 40 students will take part in the programme, commencing September 2018. Quantitative measurement will include assessing students physical activity levels subjectively via the International Physical Activity Questionnaire for Adolescents (IPAQ-A). Objective physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep measurement using accelerometers will also be undertaken. Qualitative research will be carried out through focus groups with a random selection of the students. ResultsPhysical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep levels of students both before and after the programme will be assessed and compared. Focus groups will be used to gain an insight into the success of the programme.Conclusion Conclusions regarding outcomes of the Active Future programme will be drawn from the quantitative and qualitative results.
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