Measuring the Physical Activity Practices Used by Parents of Preschool Children
Published Date:Dec 2013
Source:Med Sci Sports Exerc. 45(12):2369-2377.
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Pubmed Central ID:PMC3833950
Funding:1R01HL091093/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS/United States
DK056350/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS/United States
P30 DK056350/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS/United States
R01 HL091093/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS/United States
U48-DP001944/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
A sample of 324 parents with 2–5 year old children from central North Carolina completed a series of questionnaires, including this newly developed survey of physical activity parenting practices. Child physical activity was assessed by ActiGraph (GT3X) accelerometers and parent report. Exploratory factor analysis was used to identify physical activity parenting practice constructs, and Pearson correlations were used to explore relationships between constructs and child physical activity.
Fourteen parent practices used to either control or support children’s physical activity or screen time were identified. Limits on screen time (r=−0.44), use of screen time to control behavior (r=0.23), exposure to TV (r=0.33), and parent modeling of physical activity (r=0.37) were all significantly associated with children’s TV viewing. Use of physical activity to control child behavior was significantly associated with time spent outside (r=0.15) and minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity (r=0.16). Several supportive practices were associated with time outside (+) and TV time (−).
Results provide support for this new measure of physical activity parenting practices and identify several practices that are clearly associated with child physical activity.
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