Physical Activity Among Adolescents in an East Malaysian Rural Indigenous Community: Exploring the Influence of Neighborhood Environmental Factors

Rosalia, Saimon and Choo, Wan Yuen and Chang, Kam Hock and Ng, Chirk Jenn and Awang, Bulgiba (2015) Physical Activity Among Adolescents in an East Malaysian Rural Indigenous Community: Exploring the Influence of Neighborhood Environmental Factors. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 27 (8S). pp. 33-40. ISSN 10105395

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Abstract

This study explores the rural environmental factors that influence adolescents’ participation in physical activities (PA). Thirty-six indigenous adolescents, aged 13 to 17 years from rural communities of East Malaysia were involved in the photovoice procedures: photo-taking, selecting, contextualizing, and codifying themes. Despite being endowed with natural resources such as river, forest, hills, and so on, the adolescents and the community did not capitalize on these rich resources to promote and engage in PA. Poor maintenance of natural resources, the lack of pedestrian infrastructures and road safety, the lack of PA facilities, and negative perception of ancestors’ agricultural activities were among factors that constrained adolescents’ PA. Although basic amenities such as play spaces and pedestrian infrastructures are necessary to increase adolescents’ PA, any intervention should make the most of the natural resources, which are cheaper, environment friendly, and sustainable.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: physical activity, adolescents, indigenous, rural community, environmental factors, photovoice, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2016 06:07
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2016 06:20
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/10712

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