Encouraging young women to exercise: can teenage magazines play a role?

Mitchell, K. (1997) Encouraging young women to exercise: can teenage magazines play a role? Health Education Journal, 56(3), pp. 264-273. (doi: 10.1177/001789699705600306)

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This study used focus groups with young women, content analysis of teenage magazines, and interviews with key health professionals and magazine editors to investigate the role currently played by teenage magazines in shaping adolescent attitudes towards physical activity. It suggests that magazines may play an influential role in the lives of adolescent girls. Current coverage of physical activity in teenage magazines is minimal, and gives prominence to concerns of attractiveness and physical appearance as motives for exercising. However, improving the coverage of physical activity appears to be a strategy acceptable to both readers and editors. Recommendations are made for using teenage magazines to promote physical activity among young women.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mitchell, Professor Kirstin
Authors: Mitchell, K.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Health Education Journal
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1748-8176

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