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Neighborhood perceptions moderate the association between the family environment and children's objectively assessed physical activity

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posted on 01.11.2013, 00:00 authored by S D'Haese, Anna TimperioAnna Timperio, Jenny VeitchJenny Veitch, G Cardon, D Van Dyck, Jo SalmonJo Salmon
This study aimed to investigate whether parents' perceptions of the neighborhood environment moderate associations between the family environment and children's moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA) outside of school hours. In total, 929 parents of 10-12 year-old children completed a questionnaire concerning the family environment, MVPA levels, and the neighborhood environment. Children wore an Actigraph (AM7164-2.2C) accelerometer. Compared with neighborhood environment factors, the family environment was more frequently associated with children's MVPA. Parental MVPA was positively associated with children's MVPA, but only among children whose parents reported a high presence of sporting venues. Having more restrictive physical activity rules was negatively associated with children's weekday MVPA in neighborhoods with high perceived stranger danger.

History

Journal

Health & place

Volume

24

Pagination

203 - 209

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

1353-8292

eISSN

1873-2054

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2013, Elsevier