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Gender and age inequalities in regular sports participation: a cross-national study of 25 European countries

Charlotte Van Tuyckom UGent, Jeroen Scheerder and Piet Bracke UGent (2010) JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES. 28(10). p.1077-1084
abstract
This article provides a unique opportunity to compare gender inequalities in sports participation across Europe, and the extent to which this varies by age using large, cross-sections of the population. The Eurobarometer Survey 62.0 (carried out in 2004 at the request of the European Commission and covering the adult population of 25 European member states, N=23,909) was used to analyse differences in regular sports participation by gender and by age in the different countries. For the majority of countries, the occurrence of regular sporting activity was less than 40%. Additionally, binary logistic regression analyses identified significant gender differences in sports participation in 12 countries. In Belgium, France, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Spain, and the UK, men were more likely to report being regularly active in sports than women, whereas in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the Netherlands the opposite was true. Moreover, the extent to which these gender inequalities differ by age varies considerably across countries. The results imply that: (i) in some European countries more efforts must be undertaken to promote the original goals of the Sport for All Charter, and (ii) to achieve more female participation in sports will require different policy responses in the diverse European member states.
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PREVALENCE, LEISURE-TIME, PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY PATTERNS, cross-national study, Europe, age, Sports participation, gender, ADULTS, HEALTH, TRENDS, UNION
journal title
JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES
J. Sports Sci.
volume
28
issue
10
pages
1077 - 1084
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000281032000007
JCR category
SPORT SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
1.87 (2010)
JCR rank
31/79 (2010)
JCR quartile
2 (2010)
ISSN
0264-0414
DOI
10.1080/02640414.2010.492229
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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945470
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-945470
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2010-05-11 12:51:46
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  author       = {Van Tuyckom, Charlotte and Scheerder, Jeroen and Bracke, Piet},
  issn         = {0264-0414},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES},
  keyword      = {PREVALENCE,LEISURE-TIME,PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY PATTERNS,cross-national study,Europe,age,Sports participation,gender,ADULTS,HEALTH,TRENDS,UNION},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {10},
  pages        = {1077--1084},
  title        = {Gender and age inequalities in regular sports participation: a cross-national study of 25 European countries},
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  volume       = {28},
  year         = {2010},
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Chicago
Van Tuyckom, Charlotte, Jeroen Scheerder, and Piet Bracke. 2010. “Gender and Age Inequalities in Regular Sports Participation: a Cross-national Study of 25 European Countries.” Journal of Sports Sciences 28 (10): 1077–1084.
APA
Van Tuyckom, C., Scheerder, J., & Bracke, P. (2010). Gender and age inequalities in regular sports participation: a cross-national study of 25 European countries. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 28(10), 1077–1084.
Vancouver
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Van Tuyckom C, Scheerder J, Bracke P. Gender and age inequalities in regular sports participation: a cross-national study of 25 European countries. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES. 2010;28(10):1077–84.
MLA
Van Tuyckom, Charlotte, Jeroen Scheerder, and Piet Bracke. “Gender and Age Inequalities in Regular Sports Participation: a Cross-national Study of 25 European Countries.” JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES 28.10 (2010): 1077–1084. Print.