Cultural differences in physical activity of adolescents: Australia and Taiwan
Faculty of Business and Public Management
School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
This study explores the levels of participation and enjoyment in physical activity in adolescents from two different cultures, Australia and Taiwan, replicating an earlier Australian study. A combined sample of 853 Australian and Taiwanese adolescent high school students aged 15-16 years completed a questionnaire on physical activity. Australian students reported a higher level of participation and of enjoyment in physical activity, with boys scoring significantly higher than girls in both countries. The paper considers the links between academic achievement and physical activity which have been established by researchers within different cultures. It is concluded that these links require f1l11her research both in Australia and Taiwan in order to optimise the balance in adolescents' lives within their respective cultural frameworks.