Motives and needs for physical activity among forcibly displaced people living in a refugee camp: A qualitative study

Zollino, Chiara. Motives and needs for physical activity among forcibly displaced people living in a refugee camp: A qualitative study. 2023, Master Thesis, University of Basel, Faculty of Medicine.

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The living conditions of forcibly displaced persons are marked by traumatic experiences and persistent stress factors, necessitating simple and cost-effective health support methods. At present, many mental, physical, and social health problems are treated through sports activities. Examining the impact of the SALEEM sports program on their daily lives and well-being is crucial, considering personal successes, disappointments, and improvement suggestions for a comprehensive understanding of the program's effectiveness and potential enhancements. In the qualitative study, 38 participants of the SALEEM study were interviewed in a semi-structured self-recorded interview and the data was subsequently analyzed using content analysis. The sports program led to enhanced physical well-being, pain alleviation, and aided in weight loss. Additionally, the program also works to foster emotional well-being, decreasing depression, increase in happiness, and improving stress management. It can be said that the overall result was improved mental health. More so, it also promoted social competence by improving interactions, multicultural unity, and friendships, thereby alleviating loneliness. The program acted as a coping strategy by combating monotony, interrupting rumination, offering hope, and managing stress. Participants appreciated the available sports facilities but sought better conditions and daily training. The trainers' positive impact was acknowledged. The program bolstered self-confidence, structured daily routines, and motivation for well-being and academics, but faced challenges like interruptions to family duties affecting participation. In conclusion, the study highlights multiple effects of the sports program on participants: increased physical well-being, emotional well-being, improved social skills, behavioral adjustments, and proven coping strategies.
Advisors:Gerber, Markus and Knappe, Florian
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Sport, Bewegung und Gesundheit > Bereich Sportwissenschaft > Sport und psychosoziale Gesundheit (Gerber)
UniBasel Contributors:Gerber, Markus
Item Type:Thesis
Thesis Subtype:Master Thesis
Thesis no:1
Thesis status:Complete
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Deposited On:05 Feb 2024 10:41

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