In 2005, qualitative interviews were conducted amongst lone parents residing in the South East to try to better understand the determinants of sports participation. A significant part of the population fall into the category 'lone parents', and this has its own particular challenges in relation to participation.
The research found that:
- The demands of being a lone parent centred around the struggle of managing work, household tasks and childcare, all with little assistance. Physical activity was therefore difficult to fit in.
- Respondents were categorised into three categories dependent upon the level of physical activity they participated in: 'Always', 'Sometimes', and 'Never'. Each category has differences in relation to attitudes and motivations towards sport.
- Barriers to participation were both internal and external.
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