“At this age, I can do anything”: a phenomenological study exploring self-efficacy in pole dancing among middle-aged women

Jasmyn Kim, Sua Im, Sanghee Lee, Jinmoo Heo

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Midlife is often a significant period as individuals experience changes in various dimensions of life. During this phase, women experience a multitude of biological adaptations and social transitions that negatively influence psychosocial outcomes which may be mediated through participation in meaningful recreational activities. Leisure-time physical activities have been positively associated with psychological health, social interactions, and personal development during midlife which can promote psychological well-being. The current qualitative study incorporated a phenomenological hermeneutic design to explore dimensions of self-efficacy manifested during pole dancing experiences among middle-aged women. In-depth interviews were conducted with ten middle-aged women who regularly participated in pole dancing in South Korea. Data analysis revealed self-mastery, observation, social feedback and positive energy experienced during pole dancing were significant factors that positively impacted emotional health and well-being. In the context of leisure and physical activity, self-efficacy establishes a motivational and behavioural framework to gain a deeper understanding of leisure participation, health outcomes and well-being. Findings suggest leisure-based physical activities such as pole dancing may serve as an outlet for women that enhances perceived capabilities through achievement, competence and social interaction which can contribute to personal and psychosocial benefits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)736-750
Number of pages15
JournalLeisure Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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