Correlates of extracurricular sport participation among Swiss adolescents.

TitreCorrelates of extracurricular sport participation among Swiss adolescents.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsMichaud, P-A, Jeannin, A, Surís, J-C
JournalEur J Pediatr
Date Published2006 Aug
Mots-clésAdolescent, Adolescent Behavior, Adult, Alcoholic Intoxication, Attitude to Health, Diet, Reducing, Educational Status, Female, Health Behavior, Health Status, Humans, Life Style, Male, Marijuana Smoking, Parents, Questionnaires, Sex Distribution, Smoking, Sports, Switzerland

BACKGROUND: Based on a large national survey on the health of adolescents, this paper focuses on the socio-demographic and lifestyle correlates of sport practice among Swiss adolescents. The SMASH2002 database includes 7428 vocational apprentices and high school students between the ages of 16 and 20 who answered a self-administered anonymous questionnaire containing 565 items targeting perceived health, health attitudes and behaviour. Weekly episodes of extracurricular sport activity were measured by a four-category scale, and the sample was dichotomised between active (>or=two episodes of sport/week) and inactive (

CONCLUSION: Organised sport activities should be better tailored to the work schedules of apprentices. Practitioners should be aware of the potential for problematic behaviour in the area of dieting and substance use among a subset of sport-oriented adolescents.

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Alternate JournalEur. J. Pediatr.
Citation Key / SERVAL ID2389
PubMed ID16602002


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