Girls' confidence in sport and mathematics

New research is uncovering how girls' participation in sport is proving to be a lot lower than boys. In this video, we take a look at how girls' confidence in sport, and other aspects of schooling, differs to boys' confidence.

The Suncorp Australian Youth and Confidence Research Report has shown that around one-third of girls have stopped playing sport, simply because they don't think they're good at it.

Researchers surveyed over 500 parents who have daughters between the ages of six and 17. More than 300 boys and 300 girls between the ages of 11 and 17 also completed a survey.

Results also show that the age of 16 seems to be a tipping point for girls and their involvement in sport, with 46 per cent of females aged 15-17 saying they're playing less sport, or no sport at all, compared to 12 months ago. This is compared to 30 per cent of boys.

As well as this, 61 per cent of parents with a daughter aged 16 or 17 said their daughter is engaged in fewer than five hours of physical activity per week, while 46 per cent of parents with daughters aged 13-15 had this same response.


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