Using participatory approaches with children to better understand their physical activity behaviour

Hayball, F. Z.L. and Pawlowski, C. S. (2018) Using participatory approaches with children to better understand their physical activity behaviour. Health Education Journal, 77(5), pp. 542-554. (doi: 10.1177/0017896918759567) (PMID:30166649) (PMCID:PMC6094501)

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Aims and objectives: The importance of childhood physical activity is widely recognised. Helping children to articulate their opinions is a crucial factor in improving their health and well-being, yet the field is predominantly focused on adult-led quantitative methods and lacks deeper understanding from a child perspective. Methods: This paper draws on experiences from a Danish study in which children depicted their physical activity behaviour in go-along group interviews in schoolyards (n = 111), and a Scottish study in which children photographed or drew meaningful places and discussed physical activity in these places (n = 25). Results: The benefits and challenges associated with using participatory methods to understand how children perceive the environment in relation to their physical activity behaviour are described. Conclusion: Findings contribute to the literature by suggesting that participatory approaches are valuable in capturing children’s perceptions of physical activity behaviour in outdoor environments.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hayball, Felicity
Authors: Hayball, F. Z.L., and Pawlowski, C. S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:Health Education Journal
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1748-8176
Published Online:02 April 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Health Education Journal 77(5): 542-554
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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727621Neighbourhoods and CommunitiesAnne EllawayMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/10HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit