Strategies for developing and delivering a parental physical activity intervention : answers to the what and how

Hamilton, Kyra & White, Katherine M. (2014) Strategies for developing and delivering a parental physical activity intervention : answers to the what and how. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11(1), pp. 152-164.

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Abstract

Background

Parents are at risk for physical inactivity; however, few studies have designed physical activity (PA) interventions specifically applied to individuals with young children. To ensure the effectiveness of interventions, it may be useful to first elicit the needs from the target population and incorporate salient strategies identified to the design and delivery of a resultant intervention. We aimed to explore strategies for what to include in and how to best deliver a program designed to increase parental PA.

Methods

Twelve parents (6 mothers, 6 fathers) of children younger than 5 years participated in focus group discussions exploring strategies for an intervention program designed to increase parental PA.

Results

A range of themes such as Focus on the Children and Flexible Life/Family Plans imbedded in strategies such as persuasion and information, problem-solving, skill building, and environmental approaches were identified. In addition, a range of strategies for how to best deliver a parental PA intervention evidenced in emerging themes such as Diverse and Brief and Individualized Approach was discussed.

Conclusions

Future research should continue to adopt a ground up, community-based approach to the development and implementation of interventions for this at-risk group to ensure sustained involvement in regular PA.

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ID Code: 66302
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: parenthood, mothers, fathers, exercise, program strategies
DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2011-0190
ISSN: 1543-3080
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Human Kinetics, Inc.
Deposited On: 16 Jan 2014 22:39
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2014 01:47

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