n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Social support for physical activity participation among secondary school students in Hlanganani rural area of Limpopo Province, South Africa

Supplement 2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The purpose of this study was to examine the role of parents and peer support in secondary school students' physical activity participation. An eight item Social Support Scale (SSS) was used to investigate parents and peer support in physical activity participation. A total of 251 (120 males and 131 females) students attending three public secondary schools in the Hlanganani rural area, Limpopo Province of South Africa, volunteered to participate in the study. The mean age of the participants was 18.50±2.374 years. Exploratory factor analysis was used to assess social support for physical activity participation. Results indicated that students receive more peer support than parental support. In terms of gender, females received more parental support than males. Physical activity participation is more likely to increase when students receive support from their parents and friends. Therefore, apart from parents and peers, other stakeholders such as school teachers, sport coaches and community members should also join forces to support, motivate and encourage students to participate in physical activity and school sports.

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