Evaluating the feasibility, effectiveness and acceptability of an active play intervention for disadvantaged preschool children : a pilot study

Stagnitti, Karen, Kenna, Rachel, Malakellis, Mary, Kershaw, Beth, Hoare, Majella and De Silva-Sanigorski, Andrea 2011, Evaluating the feasibility, effectiveness and acceptability of an active play intervention for disadvantaged preschool children : a pilot study, Australasian journal of early childhood, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 66-72.

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Title Evaluating the feasibility, effectiveness and acceptability of an active play intervention for disadvantaged preschool children : a pilot study
Author(s) Stagnitti, Karen
Kenna, Rachel
Malakellis, Mary
Kershaw, Beth
Hoare, Majella
De Silva-Sanigorski, Andrea
Journal name Australasian journal of early childhood
Volume number 36
Issue number 3
Start page 66
End page 72
Total pages 7
Publisher Early Childhood Australia Inc.
Place of publication Watson, A. C. T.
Publication date 2011-09
ISSN 1836-9391
Keyword(s) education -- research
preschool children
child development
family life education
physical fitness
obesity
body weight
Summary Australian children from disadvantaged families are at increased risk of delays in acquiring fundamental movement skills, with physical inactivity and increased risk of the potential consequences of obesity. The aims of this pilot study were to: 1) assess the fundamental movement skills of disadvantaged children; 2) evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of adapting an existing parenting and child development program to incorporate additional weekly play activities (the intervention); and 3) examine the acceptability of the intervention. Children aged 1.5-5 years were assessed pre-intervention (n = 26) and postintervention (n = 16) over a period of 22 weeks using the gross motor component of the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales - 2nd Edition (PDMS-2) (Folio & Fewell, 2000). Parents completed a demographic and environmental survey and those implementing the intervention were interviewed to assess the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention. Pre-intervention the children from disadvantaged families had locomotion, object manipulation and Gross Motor Quotient (GMQ) scores significantly below the norm-referenced standards of the PDMS-2 (p < 0.05). The intervention was associated with improvements in the locomotion (8.35 to 9.5; p = 0.009), and object manipulation (8.6 to 9.6; p = 0.04) subtest scores and the GMQ scores (92.6 to 99.3; p < 0.01). The intervention was deemed feasible and acceptable by those implementing the program. Low levels of physical activity in disadvantaged communities may be related to delayed acquisition of fundamental movement skills in childhood. This pilot study raises the possibility of correcting this deficit in early childhood, and improving the potential for all children to lead an active life.
Language eng
Field of Research 111403 Paediatrics
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Early Childhood Australia Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041385

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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