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Investigating Adolescent Girls’ Perceptions and Experiences of School-Based Physical Activity to Inform the Girls’ Peer Activity (G-PACT) Intervention Study

Owen, M, Kerner, C, Newson, LM, Robert, N, Whitney, C, Maria-Christina, K and Fairclough, S (2019) Investigating Adolescent Girls’ Perceptions and Experiences of School-Based Physical Activity to Inform the Girls’ Peer Activity (G-PACT) Intervention Study. Journal of School Health, 89 (9). pp. 730-738. ISSN 1746-1561

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ABSTRACT BACKGROUND Adolescent girls are more likely to be inactive than boys. A range of factors including multiple psychosocial aspects are thought to influence their engagement in physical activity (PA). This study aimed to explore adolescent girls’ perceptions and experiences of school-based PA to inform a subsequent intervention, the Girls Peer Activity (G-PACT) project. METHODS Firstly, a PA questionnaire was used to assess adolescent girls’ current PA levels. Open-ended questions were used to investigate girls’ perceptions and experiences of school-based PA. Focus groups stratified by PA level were then conducted to explore their perceptions and experiences in depth. The focus group data were analysed using inductive thematic analysis. RESULTS The master themes emanating from the focus groups were non-competitive activities and after-school sport culture for lower active girls. Higher active girls’ master themes were PA perceptions and PE. Participants reported greater enjoyment from PA when participating with friends and having choice over activities provided within the school setting. CONCLUSIONS The findings highlight the importance of choice, peer groupings, non-competitive opportunities and PA competence to adolescent girls’ school-based PA behaviours. The school environment can support and restrict girls’ engagement in PA. The findings will be applied to the design, content and implementation of the G-PACT project. Keywords: Physical Activity, Adolescent, Girls, School, Exploration

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Owen, M., Kerner, C., Newson, L., Noonan, R., Curry, W., Kosteli, M. C., & Fairclough, S. (2019). Investigating Adolescent Girls' Perceptions and Experiences of School‐Based Physical Activity to Inform the Girls' Peer Activity Intervention Study. Journal of School Health, 89(9), 730-738, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.12812. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1117 Public Health And Health Services, 1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Psychology (new Sep 2019)
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2019 13:35
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2019 13:35
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8259

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