Physical activity, sedentary screen time and bullying behaviors: exploring differences between adolescents with and without disabilities

Yeshayahu Hutzler, Riki Tesler, Kwok Ng, Sharon Barak, Hadas Kazula, Yossi Harel-Fisch

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Abstract

The study’s purpose was to examine the prevalence of sedentary screen time behaviour and physical activity (PA) participation, and their association with environmental (socioeconomic status, bullying behaviours) and personal factors (age, sex). We analysed data from the 2013–14 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey among Israeli adolescents aged 11–17 [N = 4,241; 56% female; 9.3% = adolescents with disability (AWD)]. A minority (<10%) of all participants complied with the 2010 World Health Organization global PA recommendations. AWD were significantly more involved in bullying behaviours. PA participation was significantly decreased in AWD in grades 6 and 8 compared to adolescents without disability. Furthermore, > 30% of AWD and adolescents without disability engaged in sedentary screen time >3 hours/day. In conclusion, AWD in grades 6 and 8 should be given specific attention, to reduce the likelihood of bullying at school and to increase the inclusion of AWD in PA lessons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-126
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescence and Youth
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Health Behaviour
  • participation
  • recommendations
  • school-aged Children

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