Supportive Environments for Physical Activity, Community Action and Policy in Eight EU Member States: Comparative Analysis and Specificities of Context

Journal article
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Publication Details

Author(s): Rütten A, Frahsa A, Engbers L, Gusi N, Mota J, Pacenka R, Troelsen J, Vasikova J, Vuillemin A
Journal: Journal of physical activity and health
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Publication year: 2014
Volume: 11
Pages range: 873-883
ISSN: 1543-3080
Language: English


Abstract


Background: A multilevel theoretical framework of physical activity (PA) promotion that addresses supportive environments, PA behavior, community action, and PA promoting policies is related to research and development in an international comparative study. Methods: Most-different and most-similar case selection was applied to data from 8 European Union Member States. Data from semistructured key informant qualitative interviews, focus group interviews with experts and policy-makers, as well as document analysis were linked to corresponding Eurobarometer data. Results: The framework on the interplay of environment, PA behavior, community action and policies appears to be working across most different countries. Comprehensive systems of PA infrastructures are interlinked with relatively high levels of PA prevalence. These countries implement comprehensive national policies on PA promotion and show a positive perception of related local governments’ engagement. Less comprehensive systems of infrastructures interplay with lower levels of PA prevalence, less community action and fewer policies. Differences between similar cases are linked to country-speci c contexts. Conclusions: Framework application and comparative analysis indicates how to relate theory to empirical research and complex data sets. In-depth analysis of country-speci c contexts and longitudinal observation on changes within and between countries might advise on how to integrate the framework into intervention research. 



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Frahsa, Annika Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Sportwissenschaft mit der Ausrichtung Gesundheitsförderung/Public Health/Sozialwissenschaften des Sports
Rütten, Alfred Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Sportwissenschaft mit der Ausrichtung Gesundheitsförderung/Public Health/Sozialwissenschaften des Sports


External institutions with authors

Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education
Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research / Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek (TNO)
Palacky University Olomouc / Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci
Universidad de Extremadura
Universidade do Porto
University of Nancy
University of Southern Denmark / Syddansk Universitet


How to cite

APA:
Rütten, A., Frahsa, A., Engbers, L., Gusi, N., Mota, J., Pacenka, R.,... Vuillemin, A. (2014). Supportive Environments for Physical Activity, Community Action and Policy in Eight EU Member States: Comparative Analysis and Specificities of Context. Journal of physical activity and health, 11, 873-883. https://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2012-0225

MLA:
Rütten, Alfred, et al. "Supportive Environments for Physical Activity, Community Action and Policy in Eight EU Member States: Comparative Analysis and Specificities of Context." Journal of physical activity and health 11 (2014): 873-883.

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