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3D-Printing Physical Activity in Youth: An Autotopographical Approach to Behaviour Change

Melitta McNarry Orcid Logo, Rachel Knight, Sam G. M. Crossley Orcid Logo, Paula Foscarini-Craggs Orcid Logo, Zoe R. Knowles, Parisa Eslambolchilar Orcid Logo, Kelly Mackintosh Orcid Logo

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Volume: 20, Issue: 2, Start page: 1530

Swansea University Authors: Melitta McNarry Orcid Logo, Rachel Knight, Sam G. M. Crossley Orcid Logo, Parisa Eslambolchilar Orcid Logo, Kelly Mackintosh Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.3390/ijerph20021530

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The conceptualisation and visualisation of physical activity through 3D-printed objects offers a unique means by which to elicit positive behaviour change. This study aimed to explore whether 3D-printed models of physical activity obtain autotopographical meaning in youths and the in-fluence of such...

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Published in: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
ISSN: 1660-4601
Published: MDPI AG 2023
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa62333
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Abstract: The conceptualisation and visualisation of physical activity through 3D-printed objects offers a unique means by which to elicit positive behaviour change. This study aimed to explore whether 3D-printed models of physical activity obtain autotopographical meaning in youths and the in-fluence of such models on their sense of personal and social identity. Following participation in a seven-week faded intervention, whereby habitual physical activity was measured and used to create individual 3D models, the views of 61 participants (36 boys; 10.9 ± 3.0 years) were explored via semi-structured focus groups. Within the over-arching theme of ‘3D-Printed Models’, key emergent sub-themes were structured around ‘Autotopography’, ‘Reflection’, ‘In-group norms’, and ‘Significant others’. Investing meaning in the material representations facilitated social acti-vation and self-reflection on their own behaviour, both of which are key elements of identity formation. The influential role of significant others (familial and peers) within initial model in-terpretation and their potential long-term efficacy as a behaviour change approach was high-lighted. 3D-printed models present a novel concept and intervention approach and may represent a useful component within behaviour change engagement strategies in children and adolescents.
Keywords: Sedentary behaviour; children; adolescents; qualitative; focus groups; autotopography; self-reflection; peer-comparison
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Funders: No funding was received for conducting the project however, funding was received from the Welsh Crucible to enable Dr Paula Foscarini-Craggs to conduct the analyses.
Issue: 2
Start Page: 1530