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The environment can explain differences in adolescents’ daily physical activity levels living in a deprived urban area : cross-sectional study using accelerometry, GPS and focus groups.

Moore, H.J. and Nixon, C.A. and Lake, A.A. and Douthwaite, W. and O'Malley, C.L. and Pedley, C.L. and Summerbell, C.D. and Routen, A.C. (2014) 'The environment can explain differences in adolescents’ daily physical activity levels living in a deprived urban area : cross-sectional study using accelerometry, GPS and focus groups.', Journal of physical activity and health., 11 (8). pp. 1517-1524.

Abstract

Background: Evidence suggests that many contemporary urban environments do not support healthy lifestyle choices and are implicated in the obesity pandemic. Middlesbrough, in the North East of England is one such environment and a prime target for investigation. Methods: To measure physical activity (PA) levels in a sample of 28 adolescents (aged 11-14 years) and describe the environmental context of their activity and explore where they are most and least active over a seven-day period, accelerometry and Global Positioning System (GPS) technology were used. Twenty-five of these participants also took part in focus groups about their experiences and perceptions of PA engagement. Results: Findings indicated that all participants were relatively inactive throughout the observed period although bouts of moderate-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) were identified in four contexts: school, home, street, and rural/urban green spaces, with MVPA levels highest in the school setting. Providing access to local facilities and services (such as leisure centres) is not in itself sufficient to engage adolescents in MVPA. Conclusion: Factors influencing engagement in MVPA were identified within and across contexts, including ‘time’ as both a facilitator and barrier, perceptions of ‘gendered’ PA, and the social influences of peer groups and family members.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Adolescents, Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA), Global Positioning System (GPS) Mapping, Accelerometry, Mixed Methods
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2012-0420
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:26 February 2014
Date of first online publication:November 2014
Date first made open access:No date available

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