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Parental perceptions on children's out-of-school physical activity and family-based physical activity interventions

Noonan, RJ and Boddy, LM and Fairclough, SJ and Knowles, ZR (2016) Parental perceptions on children's out-of-school physical activity and family-based physical activity interventions. Early Child Development and Care. ISSN 1476-8275

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Abstract

This study explored parents' physical activity knowledge and perceptions of children’s out-of school physical activity to formatively contribute to a family-based intervention design. Parents were largely unaware of the UK child physical activity guidelines and whether their child achieved the guidelines daily. Physical activity for many parents was attributed to healthy weight status, and the neighbourhood environment was perceived as unconducive to children’s outdoor play which consequently increased the attractiveness of adult supervised organised activities. Family-based intervention engagement was considered as an important opportunity to increase physical activity knowledge, family time, and receive feedback on activity behaviours. Parental concerns related to intervention content and logistic and timing barriers. Consulting with parents in a formative sense prior to familial physical activity intervention facilitates intervention content to be aligned with family-specific perceptions and needs, and offers opportunities to communicate the relevance of programs to parents. This may aid subsequent intervention recruitment and engagement.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Early Child Development and Care on 16/07/2016, available online http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2016.1194409
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1301 Education Systems, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 25 May 2016 09:16
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 11:59
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/03004430.2016.1194409
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3660

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