Life Transitions and Relevance of Healthy Living in Late Adolescence

Koehn, Stefan and Gillison, Fiona and Standage, Martyn and Bailey, Jacqueline (2016) Life Transitions and Relevance of Healthy Living in Late Adolescence. Journal of Health Psychology, 21 (6). pp. 1085-1095.

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Using a cross-sectional qualitative design involving focus groups and interviews, we sought to gain a more detailed understanding of adolescents’ physical activity, eating habits, and health perceptions during the transition from secondary school (or high school) to work. Based on thematic analyses, three themes were extracted; (i) perceptions of lifestyle and health; (ii) changes in priorities; and (iii) passive acceptance of internal and external influences on physical activity and diet. Poor diet and physical inactivity appeared to reflect participants’ amotivation towards health behaviours, reluctance to divert from perceived peer norms, and efforts to assert independence from parents.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version will appear in the Sage Publications journal Journal of Health Psychology.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Stefan Koehn
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2016 08:56
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2018 11:44

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