A1 Journal article (refereed)
Nuorten koulussa kokeman sosiaalisen tuen yhteys subjektiiviseen sosiaaliseen asemaan ja liikkumiseen (2021)
Associations between adolescents' experiences of social support at school and subjective social status and physical activity

Rajala, K., Itkonen, H., Kankaanpää, A., Kämppi, K., & Laine, K. (2021). Nuorten koulussa kokeman sosiaalisen tuen yhteys subjektiiviseen sosiaaliseen asemaan ja liikkumiseen. Nuorisotutkimus, 39(1), 54-68. https://journal.fi/nuorisotutkimus/article/view/121392

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Rajala, Katja; Itkonen, Hannu; Kankaanpää, Anna; Kämppi, Katariina; Laine, Kaarlo

Journal or series: Nuorisotutkimus

ISSN: 0780-0886

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 39

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 54-68

Publisher: Nuorisotutkimusseura

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

Persistent website address: https://journal.fi/nuorisotutkimus/article/view/121392

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Delayed open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/74871


This study examines the associations between adolescents’ physical activity and their experiences in the school community. The experiences considered here are subjective social status at school and social support, which in this study consists of teacher-student relationships, student-to-student relationships, and support from parents. The data were collected via a survey in spring 2015, in which 2,026 adolescents participated. The adolescents were divided into six groups according to the type of social support they felt they would receive. Strong social support was positively associated with subjective social status at school. Support from parents, but not from teachers, was associated with physical activity. Support from classmates was associated with physical activity through the subjective social status at school. These experiences should be taken into account when considering the possibilities of increasing adolescents’ physical activity. School-based interventios shoud place greater emphasis on peer relations rather than on the role of school staff.

Keywords: young people; upper comprehensive school pupils; physical activity; physical hobbies; school community; social status; social support; peer relationships; friends; family members; teachers

Free keywords: adolescent; physical activity; school; social support; subjective social status

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Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 1

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