Understanding children's sedentary behaviour : a qualitative study of the family home environment

Granich, Joanna, Rosenberg, Michael, Knuiman, Matthew and Timperio, Anna 2010, Understanding children's sedentary behaviour : a qualitative study of the family home environment, Health education research, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 199-210.

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Title Understanding children's sedentary behaviour : a qualitative study of the family home environment
Author(s) Granich, Joanna
Rosenberg, Michael
Knuiman, Matthew
Timperio, Anna
Journal name Health education research
Volume number 25
Issue number 2
Start page 199
End page 210
Total pages 12
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Cary, N. C.
Publication date 2010-04
ISSN 0268-1153
1465-3648
Summary Electronic media (EM) (television, electronic games and computer) use has been associated with overweight and obesity among children. Little is known about the time spent in sedentary behaviour (SB) among children within the family context. The aim of this study was to explore how the family home environment may influence children's electronic-based SB. Focus groups and family interviews were conducted with 11- to 12-year old children (n = 54) and their parents (n = 38) using a semi-structured discussion guide. Transcripts were analysed using a thematic content approach. A brief self-completed questionnaire was also used to measure leisure behaviour and electronic devices at home. Children incorporated both sedentary and physical activities into their weekly routine. Factors influencing children's EM use included parent and sibling modelling and reinforcement, personal cognitions, the physical home environment and household EM use rules and restrictions. Participants were not concerned about the excessive time children spent with EM. This under-recognition emerged as a personal influencing factor and was viewed as a major barrier to modifying children's electronic-based SB. Efforts to reduce SB in children should focus on the influencing factors that reciprocally interact within the family home. An emphasis on increasing awareness about the risks associated with spending excessive time in screen-based activities should be a priority when developing intervention strategies aimed at modifying the time children spend in SB.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920412 Preventive Medicine
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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