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ERIC Number: EJ980423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Social Influences and the Physical Activity Intentions of Parents of Young-Children Families: An Extended Theory of Planned Behavior Approach
Hamilton, Kyra; White, Katherine M.
Journal of Family Issues, v33 n10 p1351-1372 Oct 2012
Evidence within Australia and internationally suggests parenthood as a risk factor for inactivity; however, research into understanding parental physical activity is scarce. Given that active parents can create active families and social factors are important for parents' decision making, the authors investigated a range of social influences on parents' intentions to be physically active. Parents (N = 580; 288 mothers and 292 fathers) of children younger than 5 years completed an extended Theory of Planned Behavior questionnaire either online or paper based. For both genders, attitude, control factors, group norms, friend general support, and an active parent identity predicted intentions, with social pressure and family support further predicting mothers' intentions and active others further predicting fathers' intentions. Attention to these factors and those specific to the genders may improve parents' intentions to be physically active, thus maximizing the benefits to their own health and the healthy lifestyle practices for other family members. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia