Gender differences in recreational sports participation among Taiwanese adults

Liang Ting Tsai, Feng En Lo, Chih Chien Yang, Joseph Jordan Keller, Shu Yu Lyu

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Abstract

This study examines the gender differences in the enjoyment of recreational sports participation among Taiwanese adults. Data were obtained using the 2007 Taiwan Social Change Survey. The questionnaire included a topical module of the International Social Survey Program regarding leisure time and sports. Results showed that male subjects were more likely to participate in recreational sports to improve their appearance and on account of their personal interest. In addition to these factors, female subjects also experienced greater motivation to participate when Taiwanese athletes performed well in international sporting competitions. This study confirmed that the factors influencing enjoyment of recreational sports participation differ among men and women. These results can be used to better inform public health professionals and other regulatory organizations formulating physical activity intervention strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-840
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2015

Keywords

  • Motivation
  • Recreational sports
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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