Views of young people towards physical activity: determinants and barriers to involvement

Caroline Mulvihill (Caroline Mulvihill is a Research Officer, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK)
Kim Rivers (Kim Rivers is a Senior Research Officer, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK)
Peter Aggleton (Peter Aggleton is Director, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK.)

Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Publication date: 1 October 2000

Abstract

A five‐month, exploratory, in‐depth study was conducted in six sites across England with young people aged 11‐15 and the parents of secondary school aged children to identify drivers and barriers to involvement in physical activity. Over 100 young people were interviewed in both secondary school and out‐of‐school settings. Two group interviews were also conducted with parents. Findings highlight that both young people and parents consider physical activity important for physical, mental and social wellbeing. Clear gender differences were found in relation to regular involvement in physical activity. Young women were less likely to engage in active pursuits in and out of school, and were more critical of physical education. The research suggests that the determinants of physical activity in young people are complex. A flexible and differentiated approach to the provision and promotion of physical activity seems needed to meet the changing motivational needs and preferences of this age group.

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Mulvihill, C., Rivers, K. and Aggleton, P. (2000), "Views of young people towards physical activity: determinants and barriers to involvement", Health Education, Vol. 100 No. 5, pp. 190-199. https://doi.org/10.1108/09654280010343555

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