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An exploration of physical activity, migrant women and leisure experiences


McDonald, D and Maxwell, H and Gholizadeh, L and Burridge, N, An exploration of physical activity, migrant women and leisure experiences, Leisure Studies pp. 1-15. ISSN 0261-4367 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/02614367.2022.2134442


Physical Activity is linked to a wide range of social, psychological, and physical health and leisure benefits. However, many sub-groups of the Australian population experience inequity in accessing opportunities to engage in this health promoting behaviour. Migrant women, from non-English speaking backgrounds, report the lowest levels of physical activity participation within Australia. This study explores the perceptions of physical activity among a group of migrant women living in Sydney, Australia. Focus group interviews and written narratives were used to explore the experiences and perceptions of 81 women born in the Middle East and in North Africa. Key findings include new insights regarding the way the term ‘physical activity’ was defined and understood among the participant group, as well as the perceived benefits, enablers, motives and barriers to participation. These results provide guidance and direction for future policy development and health messaging, with a strong focus on addressing leisure inequity.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:migrant, women, leisure, physical activity, culturally and linguistically diverse
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Sport, exercise and recreation
Objective Field:Recreation and leisure activities (excl. sport and exercise)
UTAS Author:Maxwell, H (Dr Hazel Maxwell)
ID Code:153942
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2022-10-17
Last Modified:2023-01-04

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