Using a co-creational approach to develop, implement and evaluate an intervention to promote physical activity in adolescent girls from vocational and technical schools: a case control study

Maite Verloigne, Teatske Altenburg, Mai Chinapaw, Sebastien Chastin, Greet Cardon, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij

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Background: As physical inactivity is particularly prevalent amongst lower-educated adolescent girls, interventions are needed. Using a co-creational approach increases their engagement and might be effective. This study aimed to: (1) describe the co-creation process, (2) evaluate how girls experienced co-creation, and (3) evaluate the effect of the co-creational interventions on physical activity, individual, sociocultural and school-based factors. Methods: Three intervention schools (n = 91) and three control schools (n = 105) across Flanders participated. A questionnaire was completed pre (September–October 2014) and post (April–May 2015). In between, sessions with a co-creation group were organised to develop and implement the intervention in each intervention school. Focus groups were conducted to evaluate the co-creational process. Results: School 1 organised sport sessions for girls, school 2 organised a fitness activity and set up a Facebook page, school 3 organised a lunch walk. Girls were positive about having a voice in developing an intervention. No significant effects were found, except for small effects on extracurricular sports participation and self-efficacy. Conclusions: Using a co-creational approach amongst adolescent girls might be a feasible approach. However, as interventions were minimal, effects were limited or undetectable. Future co-creation projects could consider the most optimal co-creation process, evaluation design and intensively test this approach.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume14
Issue number862
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • physical activity
  • co-creational approach
  • intervention
  • vocational and technical schools

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    Verloigne, M., Altenburg, T., Chinapaw, M., Chastin, S., Cardon, G., & De Bourdeaudhuij, I. (2017). Using a co-creational approach to develop, implement and evaluate an intervention to promote physical activity in adolescent girls from vocational and technical schools: a case control study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(862). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14080862