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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(1), 829-840;

Gender Differences in Recreational Sports Participation among Taiwanese Adults

Graduate Institute of Educational Information and Measurement, National Taichung University of Education, Taichung 40306, Taiwan
Department of Leisure and Recreation Management, Asia University, Taichung 41354, Taiwan
School of Public Health, College of Public Health and Nutrition, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 11031, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 29 October 2014 / Accepted: 6 January 2015 / Published: 15 January 2015
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: recreational sports; Taiwan; motivation recreational sports; Taiwan; motivation
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Tsai, L.-T.; Lo, F.-E.; Yang, C.-C.; Keller, J.J.; Lyu, S.-Y. Gender Differences in Recreational Sports Participation among Taiwanese Adults. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 829-840.

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