Coping Against Weight-Related Teasing among Adolescents Perceived to be Overweight or Obese in Urban Physical Education

in Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
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  • 1 The Ohio State University
  • | 2 Adelphi University
  • | 3 Northern Illinois University
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The purpose of this study was to examine coping against weight-related teasing among adolescents perceived to be overweight or obese in urban physical education. Forty-seven students perceived to be overweight or obese from a large urban school district were interviewed. Trustworthiness of data analysis was established by using a member-checking procedure, focus group interview, and peer debriefing throughout the research process. The results indicated that adolescents perceived to be overweight or obese used self-protection, compensation, confrontation, seeking social support, avoidance/psychological disengagement, losing weight and stress reduction strategies to cope against weight-related teasing. Adolescents used multiple strategies under different mechanisms to cope, and the strategies they chose were dependent on the situation.

Li is with The Ohio State University—Sport and Exercise Education, Columbus, OH. Rukavina is with Adelphi University—Department of Health Studies, Physical Education, and Human Performance Science, Garden City, NY. Wright is with Northern Illinois University, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, DeKalb, IL.

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