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One size doesn't fit all: Contextualising family physical activity using write, draw, show and tell

Noonan, RJ, Fairclough, SJ, Knowles, ZR and Boddy, LM (2017) One size doesn't fit all: Contextualising family physical activity using write, draw, show and tell. Children, 4 (7). ISSN 2227-9067

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Understanding family physical activity (PA) behaviour is essential for designing effective family-based PA interventions. However, effective approaches to capture the perceptions and ‘lived experiences’ of families are not yet well established. The aims of the study were to 1) demonstrate how a write, draw, show and tell (WDST) methodological approach can be appropriate to family-based PA research, and 2) present two distinct family case studies to provide insights into the habitual PA behaviour and experiences of a nuclear and single parent family. Six participants (including 2 ‘target’ children aged 9- 11 years, 2 mothers and 2 siblings aged 6-8 years) from 2 families were purposefully selected to take part in the study based on their family structure. Participants completed a paper-based PA diary and wore an ActiGraph GT9X accelerometer on their left wrist for up to 10 weekdays and 16 weekend days. A range of WDST tasks were then undertaken by each family to offer contextual insight into their family-based PA. The selected families participated in different levels and modes of PA, and reported contrasting leisure opportunities and experiences. These novel findings encourage researchers to tailor family-based PA intervention programmes to the characteristics of the family.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: MDPI
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2017 09:17
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 11:21
DOI or ID number: 10.3390/children4070059
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6817
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