The impact of structural conditions in communes on sports behaviour of adolescents and young adults in Switzerland

Klostermann, Claudia; Hayoz, Christelle Vanessa; Schlesinger, Torsten; Nagel, Siegfried (2015). The impact of structural conditions in communes on sports behaviour of adolescents and young adults in Switzerland. Sport, unity & conflict: 12th European association for sociology of sport conference. Book of abstracts, p. 126. Dublin: eass

Young peoples’ sport activity differs considerably depending on the linguistic region in
Switzerland (Lamprecht, Fischer, & Stamm, 2014). This appears to
be based on cultural
as well as on structural differences. The question then arises how differing structural
conditions in communes (e.g. sport facilities, significance of the municipal promotion of
sport) across different linguistic regions of Switzerland
cause variation in sport
Based on the theory of social action (Coleman, 1990), it is assumed that individual
behaviour is not only determined by individual but also by structural and socio
factors in which a person is socially embedded
. In 33 municipalities of the German and
French speaking region of Switzerland, multilevel data was gathered analysing possible
influences of structural factors on sports behaviour. Using an online survey, 15 to 30
year old inhabitants (N=3677) were questi
oned about their sports participation, as well
as their perception of sport
related structural characteristics in their commune. To
collect information about communes’ sport facilities, sport providers as well as
representatives of the municipal administra
tion were interviewed and document
analyses were conducted.
Representatives of the municipal administration attach more importance to sport
promotion in the German speaking than in French
speaking municipalities. Young
people living in the French speaking
commune are less satisfied with the sport facilities
(F(1,3266)=31.31, p<.01) and they are less physically active than their German
speaking counterparts (Chi2(1,N=3537)=22.51, p<.05). These first findings show the
impact of structural conditions in commun
es on sport participation of adolescents and
young people. However, further multilevel analyses will be conducted for a better
understanding of correlations between structural conditions and different sports
behaviour of young people.
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Lamprecht, M., Fischer, A. & Stamm, H. (2014). Sport Schweiz 2014. Sportaktivität und
Sportinteresse der Schweizer Bevölkerung. Magglingen: BASPO.

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07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Sociology and Management

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Klostermann, Claudia, Hayoz, Christelle Vanessa, Schlesinger, Torsten, Nagel, Siegfried


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment






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15 Mar 2016 14:47

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05 Dec 2022 14:53


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