ERIC Number: EJ1129172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Children's After-School Physical Activity Participation in Hong Kong: Does Family Socioeconomic Status Matter?
Cheung, Peggy PY
Health Education Journal, v76 n2 p221-230 Mar 2017
Objective: This study aimed to examine the association between parental socioeconomic status (SES) and children's physical activity (PA) behaviour during after-school hours. Design: Cross-sectional study. Methods: Participants included 663 schoolchildren (aged between 10 and 13 years) and their parents from nine primary schools in Hong Kong. Parental SES status and the after-school PA levels of children were assessed using self-administered questionnaires. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was conducted to examine the association between parents' education and income level and the type of activities in which children participated during after-school hours. Results: Results indicated that children with mother in the higher education group engaged in fewer time blocks of sports-type activity (high = 0.72 time blocks; medium = 1.04 time blocks; low = 1.17 time blocks). Compared with their counterparts, children with mothers in the higher income group were more engaged in sedentary activity (high = 5.33 time blocks; medium = 5.02 time blocks; low = 4.73 time blocks) within the eight 30-minute time blocks during after-school hours. Conclusion: The study describes how parental SES influences children's after-school PA participation and highlights the importance of including a family perspective when designing a PA promotion programme targeting after-school hours.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Primary Education, After School Programs, Physical Activities, Socioeconomic Status, Correlation, Case Studies, Extracurricular Activities, Parent Background, Questionnaires, Statistical Analysis, Mothers, Factor Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong
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