The University of Newcastle is conducting research to develop a well-being program to improve teenage girls' physical and mental health, as well as support fathers to nurture their bond with their daughters.
There is an urgent need to address the high rates of sport-drop out and exceedingly low rates of physical activity among teenage girls (especially when compared to their male counterparts), and to reverse the acceleration of these problems due to the impact of COVID-19. Moreover, mental health issues in the teenage years and the detrimental impact of social media are a major public health concern.
We are hopeful this program will achieve similar success to our multi-award winning Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered program which targets primary school aged girls and their fathers for improved wellbeing, sports skills and physical activity.
What does participation involve?
We have developed a short survey for high school aged girls to complete and another one for father/father figures of high school aged girls. The surveys ask questions about well-being, sport, physical activity and family relationships.
The information obtained will help the research team to understand this population’s key concerns related to health and social-emotional wellbeing and help inform the development of a Daughters & Dads Teens program that could best meet their needs.
Participants who complete the survey will go in the draw to win one of 6 x $50 vouchers.
It would be much appreciated if schools could share the promotions for these surveys in their newsletters, across their social media platforms and amongst staff. Suggested text to accompany the images: