Built environment factors, individual factors and social factors affecting adolescents’ physical activity behaviour
Investigators: Rosalia Saimon
  Prof Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud
  Dr Claire Choo Wan Yuen
Agency: University of Malaya
Amount: RM 5,000 & RM 3,600
Grant: UM Postgraduate Research Grant
Period: January 2010 – December 2011
Reference number: PS200/2009C

Physical inactivity is a global health hazard on its own contributing to mammoth public health problems. Thus this project aims to determine the relationship between built envionment factors, individual factors and social factors affecting adolescents’ physical activity (PA) behaviour. There is a pressing need for more scientific and rigourous data on built environment and physical activity research as ecological models open up a broader range of interventions to increase physical activity and combat obesity in Malaysia. This mixed method research uses a sequential transformative designs. In the qualitative phase, data will be collected through photovoice techniques, in-depth interviews, and focus group discussions. The study has been conducted with adolescents and parents in the rural and urban neighbourhoods to explore specific themes and domains and to identify hypotheses and construct items. Data generated from the interviews will inform the subsequent survey designed for larger samples in the quantitative phase. The quantitative data will use structural equation modelling (SEM) to examine the relationship between latent variables in a single model. Data collection is still in progress. The project will support one PhD student and is expected to result in 3 journal papers and 1 PhD thesis.


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