Expert Approaches to Promote Adolescent Physical Activity in Iran: Development of the Promoting Strategies Using the Nominal Group Technique Meeting

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Azam Baheiraei
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Zeinab Hamzehgardeshi
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Background:

Several studies have shown that physical activity decreases as the age increases. This study was for evaluating the perspectives of health sciences specialists or informants on the strategies for increasing physical activity among Iranian adolescents using Nominal Group Technique (NGT).

Methods:

a semiquantitative/qualitative methodology research using NGT for prioritizing the strategies for alleviating the physical activities among Iranian adolescents based on the opinions of health sciences experts. This study conducted in Tehran, Iran, 2011.

Results:

Overall, 16 items received scores from 2–29 and were further listed as the accepted strategies for promoting physical activity among adolescents. The most and least recommended strategies were respectively in the categories of school, neighborhood and family. This study findings show ‘the constructionist activities or strategies (eg, claim-making, image-making, myth-constructing and framing) among adolescents using main claim-makers of Iranian society, including the state-sponsored media.,’ received the highest score by all the participants of NGT.

Conclusions:

The interesting finding of this study is the special view point of the specialists to role of socioecological factors in promoting physical activity in the context of Iranian society.

Baheiraei and Hamzehgardeshi are with the Dept of Reproductive Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Baheiraei is also with the Center for Community-Based Participatory Research, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Hamzehgardeshi (corresponding author: Hamzeh@razi.tums.ac.ir) is also with the Dept of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran. MR Mohammadi is with the Dept of Psychiatry, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. E. Mohammadi is with the Dept of Nursing, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran. Vedadhir is with the Dept of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

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