A grounded theory of how social support influences physical activity in adolescent girls

A grounded theory of how social support influences physical activity in adolescent girls

Yvonne Laird (SCPHRP), Samantha Fawkner (Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, University of Edinburgh), Ailsa Niven (Physical Activity for Health Research Centre).

Purpose

Adolescent girls are not sufficiently active to achieve health benefits. Social support from friends and family has been positively associated with physical activity in adolescent girls; however it is unclear how social support influences physical activity behaviour. This study aimed to develop a grounded theory of how social support influences physical activity in adolescent girls.

Methods

A qualitative, constructivist grounded theory approach was adopted. Individual interviews explored adolescent girls’ perspectives of how significant others’ influenced their physical activity through providing social support, and through modelling physical activity.

Results

Participants perceived social support to influence physical activity behaviour through performance improvements, self-efficacy, enjoyment, motivation and by enabling physical activity. Improvements in performance and self-efficacy were also linked to motivation to be active. Girls perceived modelling to influence behaviour through providing opportunities for them to be physically active, and by inspiring them to be active.

Conclusion

The grounded theory outlines adolescent girls’ perceptions of how significant others influence their physical activity and provides a framework for future research examining the role of social support on physical activity.

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January Bulletin 2018

Welcome to our January Bulletin 2018

 

 

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Healthy University of the Future Hackathon

Join us to help design innovative solutions to improve student health. We are looking for students from across the University of Edinburgh to take part in a hackathon to design a ‘Healthy University of the Future’. During the event, you will design solutions to key public health issues facing students, such as (but not limited to) mental health, physical inactivity and poor diet.

 

SCPHRP Visiting Expert Dona Milne

Dona is a Consultant in Public Health at NHS Lothian. She has worked in the area of children and young people’s health and education within local authorities, the voluntary sector, Scottish Government and the NHS. She joins us as a visiting expert working with SCPHRPs Jan Pringle & John McAteer and Ross Whitehead & Eileen Scott from NHS Health Scotland to look at how we create the environments for what we are calling “trusted adults” to exist in our local communities.

 

FUNDING

Congratulations to SCPHRP’s Hannah Biggs who has received funding from the Institute for Academic Development at Edinburgh University (IAD), the UoE innovation Initiative Grant. The funding is to evaluate Well!Bingo, a public health intervention for women over 55 in bingo clubs. This project is a collaboration with the University of Stirling.

AND congratulations to SCPHRP’s Jane Hartley and Yvonne Laird, who have recently won several ‘funding bids’ for new and continuing work in 2018. The funding comes from the Institute for Academic Development at Edinburgh University (IAD), the UoE innovation Initiative Grant -Designing a ‘Healthy University of the future’ and from The Junction, an organisation that offers health and wellbeing services to the young people of North Edinburgh.

The funding will used to complete an evaluation of The Junction, host a series of creative workshops, run an event during the Festival of Creative learning and to research why student physical activity levels drop between the high school and university transition.

 

A new citizen science project

SCPHRP is beginning a new citizen science project exploring how shared (public) outdoor spaces affect health and wellbeing. This project is supported by the Medical Research Council (MRC) who in the summer of 2017 selected the project as their citizen science project.

In the next couple of months SCPHRP will be engaging with members of the public to inform the development of a survey and the project as a whole. Later in the year we will be hoping to engage more members of the public to collect data in a whole range of local outdoor spaces, from streets and town squares to beaches, public parks and beyond.

 

Stigma, Health and Inequality workshop

Greig recently attended a two-day workshop on Stigma, Health and Inequality at Cardiff University, where he gave a presentation titled Poverty Stigma and Health Inequalities in Scotland. This presentation covered research that has been conducted in collaboration with The Poverty Alliance and University of Strathclyde, the findings of which will be available soon. For more information on this work, please contact Greig: Greig.inglis@ed.ac.uk

Oli Williams, from the University of Leicester, also presented an exhibition at the Stigma, Health and Inequality workshop called Equity is the Answer. The exhibition highlights the social determinants of health as the primary drivers of health inequalities, and all of the works are available to view on the exhibition website Equity is the Answer.

These works have been created as a public resource to promote health equity so if you would like to use any of them in your lectures or presentations just contact Oli (osw3@le.ac.uk) and he will send you high-resolution copies.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Yvonne Laird – Physical activity, diet and other behavioural interventions for improving cognition and school achievement in children and adolescents with obesity or overweight

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD009728.pub3/full

Ruth Jepson – A physical activity intervention in a Bingo club: Significance of the setting

A physical activity intervention in a Bingo club: Significance of the setting – Josie MM Evans, Jenni Connelly, Ruth Jepson, Cindy Gray, Ashley Shepherd, Dionne Mackison, 2017

 

Senior Dietary Assessment Specialist

The University of Cambridge is looking to recruit a Senior Dietary Assessment Specialist to play a leading role in establishing a new dietary assessment platform.

The closing date is 11 February 2018. Further information can be found at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/16363/

 

‘Conflict, it’s all about the brain…or is it?’ conference

Jane Hartley was fortunate enough to attend the Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution’s national conference ‘Conflict, it’s all about the brain…or is it?’

It was a fantastic day held at the Glasgow Science Centre with really interesting speakers. The day was showcasing new work around ‘the emotional homunculus’, the drug cabinet in your mind!

Check it out here: http://scottishconflictresolution.org.uk/homunculus

 

Renee got married!

Our lovely ex-SCPHRPer Renee Ingram has gone and got married! We wish Renee and her new husband Al all the best for the future.

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The Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy (SCPHRP) vision is to develop Scotland as a leader in public-health intervention research for equitable health improvement through catalysing strong researcher/research-user collaborations that ensure timely, robust, policy relevant research that is created with – and used by – key decision-makers.
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The ‘Conflict, it’s all about the brain…or is it?’ conference

SCPHRP’s Jane Hartley was fortunate enough to attend the Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution’s national conference ‘Conflict, it’s all about the brain…or is it?’

It was a fantastic day held at the Glasgow Science Centre with really interesting speakers. The day was showcasing new work around ‘the emotional homunculus’, the drug cabinet in your mind! Check it out here: http://scottishconflictresolution.org.uk/homunculus

One session was held in the planetarium with a gigantic brain floating around overhead as Dr Sara Watkin’s voice narrated an explanation of how the brain works.

Another highlight was Dr David Caeser – A&E consultant and National Clinical Advisor to the Chief Medical Officer – discussing how the quality of relationships is a key predictor for good health and that his vision is for a health service that focusses on improving the quality of our relationships rather than administering medicine.

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Healthy University of the Future hackathon

A hackathon is a timed competition-style event where teams are expected to get creative and work collaboratively and come up with a design or idea

Join us to help design innovative solutions to improve student health.We are looking for students from across the University of Edinburgh to take part in a hackathon to design a ‘Healthy University of the Future’. During the event, you will design solutions to key public health issues facing students, such as (but not limited to) mental health, physical inactivity and poor diet.

This is an opportunity to meet new people, develop skills, learn about public health AND plenty of prizes up for grabs!

For more information about the event please email Yvonne Laird at yvonne.laird@ed.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

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New funding for SCPHRP’s Yvonne Laird

Congratulations to SCPHRP’s Yvonne Laird who has been awarded funding from the UoE innovation Initiative Grant Designing a ‘Healthy University of the future’

This coincides with funding from the Institute for Academic Development to run an event during the Festival of Creative learning. The grant will be used to conduct focus groups with low active first year students to explore factors related to physical inactivity across the school to university transition.

For further information, please contact Yvonne at yvonne.laird@ed.ac.uk.

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New funding for SCPHRP’s Jane Hartley

Congratulations to SCPHRP’s Jane Hartley who has won three funding bids for work in 2018.

The first two funds are from the Institute for Academic Development at Edinburgh University (IAD). The funds will be used to host a workshop series.

The first workshop will be held in March 2018: Relax, Relate and Create Workshop: A Launch Event for a Support Resource for Kinship Carers. This event will share the creative outputs from a project that developed a support resource for kinship carers (mainly grandmothers) of teenagers (their grandchildren). There are two creative outputs from the project. The first is a comic focused on an archetypal kinship carer and her grandson. It depicts her journey from being a highly-stressed carer of her grandson to someone who learns relaxation skills. Thereafter her relationship with her grandson improves, to their mutual betterment. The second output is an audio of those relaxation skills. There will be hardcopy and online versions. Read more about the comic project in SCPHRP’s Winter eMag page 14

The second follow-on workshop with be held in May 2018 Relax, Relate and Collaborate Workshop. The aim of this workshop is to develop an interdisciplinary network to inform future funding applications. This is a follow-up workshop to our Relax, Relate & Create Pop-Up Workshop that showcased creative output from our Kinship Care Support project. We would like to develop a similar support programme around the co-production of relationship-enhancing relaxation resources for other under-served populations. This workshop will allow us to discuss current thinking around the topic, identify research questions and strengthen potential collaborations across the University.

Jane, together with SCPHRP’s John McAteer also won funding from The Junction, an organisation that offers health and wellbeing services to the young people of North Edinburgh. The funding will evaluate the organisation.

For more information about these funded projects please contact Jane at jane.hartley@ed.ac.uk

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December Bulletin 2017

Welcome to our December Bulletin 2017

 

WINTER MAGAZINE ONLINE NOW

In this edition of the magazine, we are saying goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018 by showcasing some of the projects SCPHRP has been working on over the past year, while also giving updates from other organisations in Edinburgh. A few topics to look forward to are next steps for action on tobacco control, comic designs for kinship care stress relief, and the roll out of Scotland’s Baby Box scheme.

 

SCPHRP Director Appointed as Usher Director of Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact

SCPHRP’s Professor John Frank, has been named as the new Director of Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact for the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. The position is designed to improve stakeholder engagement for research projects across the Usher, and pave the way for its Research Impact submissions to the Research Excellence Framework, to be applied across UK universities in 2021.

Prof Frank, who will transition to the new role as his work at SCPHRP winds down, says: ” I’m delighted to build on nearly a decade of SCPHRP experience with stakeholder engagement by taking on this role for the Usher Institute.”

 

A grounded theory of how social support influences physical activity in adolescent girls

SCPHRP’s Yvonne Laird presented ‘A grounded theory of how social support influences physical activity in adolescent girls‘ at the British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise conference in Glasgow this month. You can read her presentation here.

For further information, please email Yvonne at yvonne.laird@ed.ac.uk
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VIDEO: Latest video on our SCPHRP YouTube channel

Our YouTube channel contains a mix of videos including our SCPHRP meets… a series of Q&A sessions with public health figures, The Evidence Exercise series and project videos like the Stand up for Health project and the 20MPH project.

One of our latest videos is from our ‘SCPHRP meets…’ series. In this video Nicole Porter catches up with Dr Charlie Foster from Bristol University to talk about Public Health.

If you would like to keep up to date with all our latest videos, you can susbcribe to our YouTube Channel here.

 

BLOG: Mary Allison

Working in both SCPHRP as well asPhysical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) has given me access to so many incredible opportunities to meet and share my initial thinking with such experienced academics and applied researchers. Their feedback and ideas have encouraged and challenged in equal measure. I’m already analysing the programme documentation from the past 7 years of the Step Count Challenge. After a stakeholder workshop in early February 2018, I should be ready to complete a solid first draft of the programme theory for this workplace walking intervention.

I’ve also been setting up a blog where I’ll share my personal PhD journey. Here’s a link to the site and my first blog https://sapiensapertus.wordpress.com. The Latin is inaccurate – the sentiment is heartfelt!

 

Apply for Expert Women Scotland 2018

The BBC Scotland is looking for female experts interested in appearing as contributors or potential presenters on TV, radio or online. The areas of expertise they’re looking for include, but is not limited to:
– education
– science, technology
– law
– health
– business and the economy
– all aspects of Brexit

Up to 24 delegates will be selected and offered free training (practical experiences in front of a camera & in the radio studio, masterclasses with industry professionals, etc.). The deadline to apply is Sunday, 14 January 2018.

More info at http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/articles/art20170127102127476

 

Fit for Life

A new report by Sustrans, presents independent research by leading experts, into the public health benefits of new walking and cycling routes.
The weblink is – https://www.sustrans.org.uk/blog/research-highlights-public-health-benefits-new-walking-and-cycling-routes.
For Fit for Life, see – https://www.sustrans.org.uk/blog/research-highlights-public-health-benefits-new-walking-and-cycling-routes.

 

Public Health Product Forge

The Public Health Product Forge will unite the wider technology community, entrepreneurs and medical professionals to create digital innovations that tackle population health issues to ultimately improve the health of people and their communities. The event will cover a variety of themes including childhood obesity, addiction, and mental illness.

Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th January 2018 at The Biscuit Factory in Edinburgh

Read more here…

Healthcare Improvement Scotland: 6th Annual Research Symposium

Call for abstracts for the 6th Annual Research Symposium which will be held on Tuesday 24 April 2018.

The venue will once again be the COSLA Conference Centre in Edinburgh, and formal registration will open in February 2018.

Read more here…

 

AND A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR from SCPHRP

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SCPHRP Winter eMag 2017

Welcome to the Winter edition of the SCPHRP magazine, our last edition of 2017

In this edition of the magazine, we are saying goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018 by showcasing some of the projects SCPHRP has been working on over the past year, while also giving updates from other organisations in Edinburgh. A few topics to look forward to are next steps for action on tobacco control, comic designs for kinship care stress relief, and the roll out of Scotland’s Baby Box scheme.

Hope you enjoy.

 

We would appreciate any feedback you have on what you like or what we could improve. If you have any, please send it to Sam at samantha.bain@ed.ac.uk. Thanks

NOTE: We recommend using browsers other than Firefox, as some funtions do not appear in this browser. If you are unable to access the magazine, there is a pdf version here.

 

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