Varför slutar flickor att idrotta inom organiserad lagidrott?
en kvalitativ studie bland flickor i åldern 13 till 16 år

Translated title of the thesis: Why do girls stop participating in organized sport clubs? a qualitative study among girls in 13 – 16 years of age
  • Frida Artursson Kjell

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Since 2007 the Swedish government has allocated 500 millions SEK per annum, for a project named “Idrottslyftet”, the aim is to enhance the child and youth sport within five years. Despite this, it seems that more young girls choose to stop participating in organized sport clubs. The aim with this study was to find out why girls stop participating in organized sport clubs. The method that was used was focus groups, and 13 focus groups interviews (n=118) was performed in northeast Skåne. Qualitative content analysis was used as the analysis method. The result showed that there were several factors that influenced the girls to stop participating in organized sport clubs. The factors were friends and family and sport clubs. The physical education was also pointed out as a negative factor. The discussion was divided into two health perspectives; pathogenesis and salutogenesis. In pathogenesis the focus was to find out why young girls choose to dropout of organized sport clubs, and the interviewees perspective on the physical education curriculum. In salutogenesis, the discussion focus on, how sport clubs and physical education in schools can prevent dropouts and pursue more physical activity by young females in their spare time and in their future. The conclusions were that sport clubs that perform child and youth sports should perform their activities conforming with the Swedish Idrotten vill ideology and club education, but also a touch of competition education. A sport club that can balance these three factors will probably reach success in different ways. Schools should oversee the curriculum in physical education and make it more variable and stimulating for the students. But also the society and the families should cooperate to pursue a better and more positive attitude towards physical activity among young people.     

    Date of Award2012-May-08
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorPetra Nilsson (Supervisor) & Ingemar Andersson (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Study Programme in Health Promotion and Education

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology (30302)


    • females
    • physical activity
    • organized sport clubs
    • dropouts
    • physical education

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