Clark, T., van Teijlingen, E. and Forbes, S., 2007. Behaviours and attitudes towards physical activity and lifestyle factors: A questionnaire survey of school-aged children. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 45 (4), pp. 125-130.
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Objectives The study aimed to obtain information on secondary schoolchildren's behaviours and attitudes towards physical activity (PA) and other lifestyle factors. Methods A questionnaire survey was conducted to assess schoolchildren's structured and unstructured PA, television/computer use and smoking activities over the previous seven days. The study sample comprised of first year pupils aged 11-13 years old at one secondary school located in an area of low socio-economic status in Scotland (n=158, response rate 99%). Results Although most children were active at some point during the previous seven days, the majority of children (74%) did not participate in the nationally recommended PA levels. Gender disparities were evident with significantly more boys reporting higher levels of PA than girls. Smokers were associated with lower levels of PA, however sedentary behaviour had a limited effect on activity levels. Conclusion The high level of inactivity amongst this cohort of school-aged children raises concerns about their immediate and long-term health. This study emphasises the need to further address issues surrounding physical inactivity with regard to gender and other lifestyle behaviours.ABSTRACT FROM AUTHORCopyright of International Journal of Health Promotion &Education is the property of Institute of Health Promotion &Education and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||young people, physical activity, physical education, Scotland, socio-economic status, smoking, television/computer use.|
|Subjects:||Technology > Medicine and Health > Nursing and Midwifery|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health|
|Deposited By:||TEMP RESEARCH|
|Deposited On:||19 Feb 2010 18:43|
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