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Physical activity of young children

Ziviani, Jenny, Macdonald, Doune, Jenkins, David, Rodger, Sylvia, Batch, Jenny and Cerin, Ester 2006, Physical activity of young children, OTJR : Occupation, participation and health, vol. 26, Winter, pp. 4-14.

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Title Physical activity of young children
Author(s) Ziviani, Jenny
Macdonald, Doune
Jenkins, David
Rodger, Sylvia
Batch, Jenny
Cerin, Ester
Journal name OTJR : Occupation, participation and health
Volume number 26
Season Winter
Start page 4
End page 14
Total pages 11
Publisher Slack
Place of publication Thorofare, N.J.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1539-4492
Summary Occupational therapists concerned with the long-term health and welfare of children need be aware of the decline in physical activity of children in most Western societies. The current study examined the extent of physical activity in the lives of 50 Australian children with mean age of 7.74 years through questionnaires completed by the children’s parents and pedometer (step) data collected from the children during 4 days. The current data show that higher self-perception of physical competence, child’s levels of physical skill, and low parental perception of peer teasing were the best predictors of physical activity. Higher family socioeconomic status was found to be a significant predictor of more steps being taken on weekends, and partner’s (usually a father’s) level of exercise was an important predictor of the number of weekend steps. Children who were perceived to experience more peer teasing completed fewer steps the weekend. The findings from this study indicate that children’s physical activity levels depend on the availability of family resources, and that children in their early school years already experience negative effects from teasing that, combined with reduced self-confidence, may lay the foundation for their withdrawing from physical activity as they get older.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Slack
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055872

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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