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Adolescent Girls' Experiences in the Go Girls! Group-Based Lifestyle Mentoring Program

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Objective: To explore the experience of being in the Go Girls! program from the perspective of its participants. Methods: Drawing from a social constructivist approach, this study consisted of semi-structured interviews conducted with 12 purposively sampled Go Girls! participants. Results: The results provided evidence for the emergence of 2 higher-order themes that subsume 7 lower-order themes and 27 categories that relate to the general components of the program and program outcomes associated with participating in the program. Conclusions: Participants in the Go Girls! program reported enjoying the program, experiencing changes in important health-enhancing cognitions and behaviors and developing meaningful relationships with program mentors and other program participants.
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Keywords: ADOLESCENT GIRLS; BEHAVIOR CHANGE INTERVENTION; GROUP-BASED MENTORING; LIFESTYLE INTERVENTION; SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIVISM

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. [email protected] 2: Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada 3: Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Publication date: 01 March 2015

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