Comparison of perceived support for physical activity and physical activity related practices of children and young adolescents in Hong Kong and Australia

Amy Ha, Rebecca Abbott, Doune Macdonald, Bonnie Pang

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This study compared the self-reported physical activity, perceived social support for, and perceived barriers to, physical activity of primary and secondary school children from Hong Kong and Australia. Hong Kong boys and girls reported spending significantly less time, outside of school hours, on physical activity than their Australian contemporaries (p <. 05). There was significantly higher perceived support for activity from Australian parents (p <. 001), teachers (p <. 001) and peers (p <. 001) compared to their Hong Kong counterparts. Parental support significantly correlated with self-reported activity in Australia, but not in Hong Kong. These data add support to the notion that strategies to increase physical activity need to embed family and school.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-173
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Physical Education Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009


  • Australia
  • Children
  • Hong Kong
  • Parents
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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