Parental Education and Pre-School Children's Objectively Measured Sedentary Time : The Role of Co-Participation in Physical Activity

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Määttä , S , Ray , C , Vepsäläinen , H , Lehto , E , Kaukonen , R , Ylönen , A & Roos , E 2018 , ' Parental Education and Pre-School Children's Objectively Measured Sedentary Time : The Role of Co-Participation in Physical Activity ' , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , vol. 15 , no. 2 , 366 . https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15020366

Title: Parental Education and Pre-School Children's Objectively Measured Sedentary Time : The Role of Co-Participation in Physical Activity
Author: Määttä, Suvi; Ray, Carola; Vepsäläinen, Henna; Lehto, Elviira; Kaukonen, Riikka; Ylönen, Anna; Roos, Eva
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences
University of Helsinki, Department of Food and Nutrition
University of Helsinki, Samfundet Folkhälsan
University of Helsinki, Department of Public Health






Date: 2018-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 14
Belongs to series: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
ISSN: 1660-4601
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15020366
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/233960
Abstract: Parental co-participation in physical activity (PA) may be a beneficial parenting practice for diminishing children's sedentary time (ST). Less information is available, however, on the explanatory role of co-participation in PA regarding parental educational differences in children's ST. Preschool-aged children (N = 864, mean age 4.8, 52% boys) with their parents participated in a cross-sectional DAGIS (Increased Health and Wellbeing in Pre-schools) study between years 2015 and 2016. Children (N = 821) wore an accelerometer for one week. Parents were informed of their educational background, and the frequency of visits with their child in nature, to parks or playgrounds, their own yard, and indoor sport facilities (N = 808). Testing the associations required multiple regression analyses. Parents with a low educational background reported more frequent visits with their child to their own yard, and these visits were associated with children's lower ST. More highly educated parents co-visited indoor sport facilities more frequently, although this did not have a significant association with children's ST. More frequent visits in nature were associated with a lower ST at weekdays, regardless of educational background. Future health promotion strategies should inform parents that frequent co-participation in PA, for example, in one's own yard, is beneficial for lowering children's ST.
Subject: children
parents
physical activity
sedentary lifestyle
mediation analysis
ACTIVITY-RELATED BEHAVIORS
AGED 0-4 YEARS
HEALTH
ASSOCIATIONS
METAANALYSIS
ADOLESCENTS
CALIBRATION
CHILDHOOD
ACCELEROMETER
VALIDATION
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
516 Educational sciences
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