Examination of the factors that contribute to rural adolescent girls’ participation in physical activity
This research was triggered by a report that was published by The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), which showed a precipitous drop in female participation in physical activity between grades six and eight. This study will focus on uncovering the attitudes of female youth in rural settings towards physical activity and sport in an attempt to better understand their motivations for being active and/or potential barriers to physical activity. Five focus groups, each with 4-6 girls (n=28) in grades 6-8, were completed, each taking approximately 50 minutes. Participants were asked questions about physical activity and sport. Data was analyzed using poststructural feminist theory to identify discourses about physical activity and sport generated by girls. Based on the analysis, recommendations are made for rural communities about strategies to enhance the inclusion of girls in physical activity.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Yvonne Becker