Parents' and children's perceptions of active video games: a focus group study

Dixon, Robyn, Maddison, Ralph, Ni Mhurchu, Cliona, Jull, Andrew, Meagher-Lundberg, Patricia and Widdowson, Deborah 2010, Parents' and children's perceptions of active video games: a focus group study, Journal of child health care, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 189-199, doi: 10.1177/1367493509359173.

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Title Parents' and children's perceptions of active video games: a focus group study
Author(s) Dixon, Robyn
Maddison, RalphORCID iD for Maddison, Ralph
Ni Mhurchu, Cliona
Jull, Andrew
Meagher-Lundberg, Patricia
Widdowson, Deborah
Journal name Journal of child health care
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 189
End page 199
Total pages 11
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-06
ISSN 1367-4935
Keyword(s) Adolescent
Adolescent Behavior
Age Factors
Child Behavior
Focus Groups
Heart Rate
Oxygen Consumption
Psychology, Adolescent
Psychology, Child
Video Games
Summary Energy expenditure studies have shown that playing Active Video Games (AVGs) is positively associated with increases in heart rate and oxygen consumption. It is proposed that playing AVGs may be a useful means of addressing inactivity and obesity in children. This study explored children's and parents' perceptions of AVGs and the likely facilitators and barriers to sustained use of AVGs. Data were gathered using focus group interviews: seven with children, four with adults. Both children and parents reported that AVGs offered a way to increase activity and improve fitness. Barriers to sustained engagement, according to parents, were the cost of AVGs and lack of space in the home to play the games. According to children, the likelihood of long-term engagement with AVGs depended on game content and child age, with AVGs being seen as more appropriate for younger children than teenagers. It would appear that there is potential for AVGs to reduce inactivity in young people. However, barriers to widespread, sustainable adoption would need to be addressed if this potential is to be realized.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1367493509359173
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1110 Nursing
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1114 Paediatrics And Reproductive Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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