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Experience and perception of Physical Activity among sexually exploited Badi women in Nepal
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Physical activity is according to research a valid treatment method for people suffering from mental health problems. However, there are only a few studies about Nepali women and their participation in sports activities and physical activity. There are even less studies about how physical activity could be used to improve quality of life for people who suffer from mental health problems after experiencing sexual exploitation. The purpose of this study was therefore to describe and gain an understanding for Badi women’s perception of physical activity and its significance for their quality of life. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with five sexually exploited Badi women and one woman who was not born within the Badi community but lived with the Badis after an age of twelve. The results showed that all of the participants besides one had been involved in spontaneous sport activities during their upbringing. The attitudes towards physical activity differ within the community. The women have positive attitudes towards physical activity, most of them want to become more physically active and believe that physical activity is important for one’s health and mental health. The conclusion of the study is that the women have been physically active during their upbringing; but there are different attitudes towards physical activity within the Badi community, which shows that the Badi community is not a homogeny group when it comes to attitudes towards physical activity. The women have positive attitudes towards physical activity and believe that physical activity is important for one’s health and mental health, which enables the idea of physical activity to work as a part of the puzzle to improve the Badi women’s quality of life.

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Keyword [en]
Badi community, sex trafficking, physical activity, sports, mental health, quality of life
Keyword [sv]
Basi samhället, sexhandel, fysisk aktivitet, idrott, mental hälsa, livskvalité
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Social Sciences Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-79389OAI: diva2:641352
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Study Programme for Sport Sciences
Available from: 2013-08-16 Created: 2013-08-16 Last updated: 2013-08-16Bibliographically approved

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