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Adolescents' perspectives on smartphone applications for physical activity promotion: insights from focus group discussions: [Perspectivas de los adolescentes sobre las aplicaciones de teléfonos inteligentes para la promoción de la actividad física: perspectivas de los grupos de discusión]
CIDEFES, Universidade Lusófona, Lisbon, Portugal.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3281-2877
CIDEFES, Universidade Lusófona, Lisbon, Portugal.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4587-5903
Institute of Sport – National Research Institute, Poland.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3811-4711
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1807-7837
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2024 (English)In: Retos: Nuevas Perspectivas de Educación Física, Deporte y Recreación, ISSN 1579-1726, E-ISSN 1988-2041, Vol. 56, p. 85-94Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: This study explores how children and adolescents perceive physical activity (PA) and PA apps. We aim to understand their perceptions, past experiences, and expectations of PA and PA apps.

Methods: Participants (N=39) aged 11-15 from five European countries: Netherlands (NL), Poland (PL), Portugal (PT), Spain (ES), and Sweden (SWE) participated in the study. They provided insight regarding Behaviour Chance Techniques (BCTs) that enhance app engagement.

Results: The results offer valuable insights for creating fun and engaging adolescent PA apps that meet diverse user preferences. They also provide invaluable guidance for designing PA apps that boost adolescents' enjoyment, fun, and engagement while considering a broad spectrum of user preferences. Key BCTs identified as significantly impacting app engagement included self-monitoring, rewards, feedback, social support, action planning, and reminders - preferences and suggestions varied by gender, age, and PA levels.

Conclusions: Findings in the present study inform the MOVE4FUN project that contributes to understanding how BCTs promote sustained PA in adolescents. It underscores the pivotal role of personalised app design and a supportive climate in fulfilling individual needs and intrinsic goals. These insights contribute significantly to developing educational tools that encourage regular PA and nurture the holistic development of physically educated citizens.

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Federacion Espanola de Asociaciones de Docentes de Educacion Fisica (FEADEF) , 2024. Vol. 56, p. 85-94
Keywords [en]
Children and adolescents, Physical Activity, PA Apps, Behaviour Chance Techniques.
Keywords [es]
Niños y adolescentes, Actividad Física, Aplicaciones de AF, Técnicas de Cambio de Comportamiento.
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-224051DOI: 10.47197/retos.v56.104357Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85193968915OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-224051DiVA, id: diva2:1856825
Available from: 2024-05-08 Created: 2024-05-08 Last updated: 2024-05-30Bibliographically approved

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