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Medicine and Health Sciences

Adolescents

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Social Support For Physical Activity For High Schoolers In Rural Appalachia, Pooja M. Shah May 2017

Social Support For Physical Activity For High Schoolers In Rural Appalachia, Pooja M. Shah

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The purpose of the present study is to conduct a secondary qualitative analysis to examine parent, teacher, and high school adolescents’ perceptions of social support for physical activity (PA) for high schoolers in Southern Appalachia. Social support for PA is linked to higher rates of PA participation in adolescents. Parents, siblings, and peers provide key sources of support. Social support for PA may be even more important in under-resourced communities such as Appalachia, where geographic, economic, and environmental barriers negatively impact PA engagement. During 2013-2014, focus groups and semi-structured interviews were conducted with parents of adolescents (n=39), high school ...