Barriers to Participation in Physical Activity Among South Sudanese Children in South Australia: Parents' Perspectives

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    Abstract

    Physical inactivity is one of the determinants of childhood obesity. Although its facilitators are well documented for the general community, limited evidence exists informing newly arrived and emerging migrant communities in Australia. To explore parents' perspectives of barriers to participation in physical activity among South Sudanese children in South Australia. Qualitative, face-to-face interviews were conducted with parents. Data were transcribed, coded, and analyzed thematically using NVivo software. Multiple and complex barriers to physical activity participation were described. Enabling and supportive programs are needed to improve physical activity participation and health outcomes of new migrants.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)293-300
    Number of pages8
    JournalFAMILY & COMMUNITY HEALTH
    Volume39
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2016

    Keywords

    • Children
    • Immigrants
    • Physical activity
    • South Australia
    • South Sudanese

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