Physical Activity Perceptions in Adolescents: A Qualitative Study Involving Photo Elicitation and Discussion Groups

Isabel Fernández-Prieto, Olga Canet, Maria Giné-Garriga

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Abstract

Adolescence is a key period in life when most of the healthy habits that will affect health during adulthood are established. Numerous interventions based on the acquisition of regular physical activity (PA) in the adolescent population have so far yielded no success, mainly in the long term. Qualitative phenomenological research was used to identify adolescents’ perceived barriers and motivations to regular PA practice, and how they form the concept of PA through thought and action. This study constitutes an explicative design using photo elicitation (PE) and discussion group (DG) techniques to explore different aspects and meanings associated with PA, as well as their perceptions toward PA practice. The study was conducted on adolescents from a randomly selected district in Barcelona (Catalonia), Spain. Through the use of PE, a total of 67 photographs were analyzed. A DG was conducted with a group of 10 teenagers. Input from the DG was examined using interpretative phenomenological analysis. The findings show that social, familial, and environmental factors become motivational elements for the regular practice of PA. The findings observed relevant aspects linked to general barriers and to particular ones associated with young women. This study also considered implications for future interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-322
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Adolescent Research
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019

Keywords

  • Europe
  • adolescence
  • community-based participatory research
  • physical health
  • qualitative methods

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