Physical activity parenting measurement and research : challenges, explanations, and solutions

Davison, Kirstem K., Masse, Louise C., Timperio, Anna, Frenn, Marilyn D., Saunders, Julie, Mendoza, Jason A., Gobbi, Erica, Hanson, Phillip, & Trost, Stewart G. (2013) Physical activity parenting measurement and research : challenges, explanations, and solutions. Childhood Obesity, 9(s1), S103-S109.

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Physical activity (PA) parenting research has proliferated over the past decade, with findings verifying the influential role that parents play in children's emerging PA behaviors. This knowledge, however, has not translated into effective family-based PA interventions. During a preconference workshop to the 2012 International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity annual meeting, a PA parenting workgroup met to:

(1) Discuss challenges in PA parenting research that may limit its translation,

(2) identify explanations or reasons for such challenges, and;

(3) recommend strategies for future research.

Challenges discussed by the workgroup included a proliferation of disconnected and inconsistently measured constructs, a limited understanding of the dimensions of PA parenting, and a narrow conceptualization of hypothesized moderators of the relationship between PA parenting and child PA. Potential reasons for such challenges emphasized by the group included a disinclination to employ theory when developing measures and examining predictors and outcomes of PA parenting as well as a lack of agreed-upon measurement standards. Suggested solutions focused on the need to link PA parenting research with general parenting research, define and adopt rigorous standards of measurement, and identify new methods to assess PA parenting. As an initial step toward implementing these recommendations, the workgroup developed a conceptual model that:

(1) Integrates parenting dimensions from the general parenting literature into the conceptualization of PA parenting,

(2) draws on behavioral and developmental theory, and;

(3) emphasizes areas which have been neglected to date including precursors to PA parenting and effect modifiers.

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ID Code: 71527
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1089/chi.2013.0037
ISSN: 2153-2176
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Copyright Statement: This is a copy of an article published in the [Childhood Obesity] © [2013] [copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.]; [Childhood Obesity] is available online at:
Deposited On: 13 May 2014 23:24
Last Modified: 15 May 2014 02:21

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