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ERIC Number: EJ1005947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0965-4283
Walking Behaviours among Adolescent Girls in Scotland: A Pilot Study
Kirby, Joanna; Inchley, Jo
Health Education, v113 n1 p28-51 2013
Purpose: The wide ranging physical and mental health benefits of physical activity during adolescence are well established and walking has been identified as one of only two forms of physical activity not to show a significant decrease in participation levels across the primary/secondary years. The aim of this paper is to explore the broader context in which adolescent girls walk and to investigate their walking behaviours, experiences and attitudes. Design/methodology/approach: Focus groups discussions and a mapping exercise were carried out with 27 adolescent girls from one urban and one rural school in Scotland. Findings: Key themes identified focussed on current walking behaviours (e.g. type/purpose), physical environmental (e.g. safety, aesthetics), social environmental (e.g. family/friends) and individual (e.g. motivations, beliefs) factors. Walking was a popular activity among urban and rural girls, although areas in which walking took place, and reasons for walking could differ between geographical locations. Social influences were dominant, regardless of location, and often took precedence over other influencing factors. Walking was acknowledged as being good for health, but rarely a primary reason for choosing to walk. In general, walking was a consequence of meeting up with others, or an opportunity to be with friends. Research limitations/implications: Findings are limited to Scottish girls aged 11-14 years in one urban and rural location. Further research involving greater numbers of participants are required to broaden understanding. Practical implications: Social aspects associated with walking are a key influence. Walking behaviours may take different forms depending on geographical location. Public health interventions need to adapt to match the variety of opportunities for walking. Originality/value: These pilot study findings have the potential to inform further research as well as context-specific interventions aimed at increasing and maintaining walking among adolescent girls. (Contains 2 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)