Brief report: a qualitative study of gender preferences and motivational factors for physical activity in underserved adolescents.

  • Wilson D
  • Williams J
  • Evans A
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OBJECTIVE: This study used focus groups to identify preferences for physical activity (PA) and motivational themes for increasing PA in underserved adolescents. METHODS: Fifty-one adolescents, on the free lunch program (25 males and 26 females; ages 10-13 years; 72% African-American, 19% white, and 9% other minorities) participated in focus groups (6-10 children per group; same gender). The data were transcribed and coded into themes. A content analysis was performed using QSR NVivo. RESULTS: Boys rated their favorite activities as playing basketball, football, soccer, and baseball. Girls rated their favorite activities as playing basketball, swimming, and roller-skating. For motivational themes, boys and girls most frequently stated that they would participate in PA if it was a fun, provided a health benefit, and if there were a variety of choices offered. Being involved with friends was also identified as important to both boys and girls. CONCLUSIONS: The findings from this qualitative study suggest that including components of choice and a variety of physical activities may be important elements for intervention programs in underserved adolescents.

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  • Adolescent
  • Choice Behavior
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medically Underserved Area
  • Motivation
  • Motor Activity
  • Obesity
  • Obesity: epidemiology
  • Sex Factors

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  • Dawn K Wilson

  • Joel Williams

  • Alexandra Evans

  • Gary Mixon

  • Carol Rheaume

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