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ERIC Number: EJ840613
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
Are Parental Concerns about Children's Inactivity Warranted, and Are They Associated with a Supportive Home Environment?
Jackson, Michelle; Crawford, David; Campbell, Karen; Salmon, Jo
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v79 n3 p274-282 Sep 2008
This paper explores parental concern about children's activity levels and whether parents who are concerned about their child's activity provide a supportive environment. A sample of 615 parents of 5-6-year-old children and 947 parents of 10-12-year-old children completed a questionnaire. Just over 50% of parents reported they were concerned their child was not getting enough activity. Children of concerned parents were less active than those whose parents were not concerned. These findings suggest that parents who are concerned about their child's physical activity levels provided a less supportive environment for physical activity than parents who are not concerned. The challenge for public health will be to harness parental concerns and translate them into action. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia