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Mothers and fathers both matter: the positive influence of parental physical activity modelling on children's leisure-time physical activity

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posted on 23.08.2018, 00:00 by Stephanie SchoeppeStephanie Schoeppe, S Liersch, M Röbl, C Krauth, U Walter
PURPOSE: To investigate associations between maternal and paternal sport participation, and children's leisure-time physical activity, and to explore differences by child gender. METHOD: The sample comprised 737 year five students (mean age: 11.0 ± 0.6 years, 52% male) recruited through the Fit for Pisa Project which was conducted in 2008 at 6 secondary schools in Goettingen, Germany. Maternal and paternal sport participation were assessed through child reports of mothers' and fathers' weekly participation in sport. Children's leisure-time physical activity was measured as minutes/week that children engaged in organized and nonorganized sport. Multiple linear regression was used to assess associations between maternal and paternal sport participation, and children's leisure-time physical activity. RESULTS: Both maternal and paternal sport participation were positively associated with children's leisure-time physical activity (maternal: b = 34.20, p < .001; paternal: b = 25.32, p < .05). When stratifying analyses by child gender, maternal sport participation remained significantly associated with leisure-time physical activity in girls (b = 60.64, p < .001). In contrast, paternal sport participation remained significantly associated with leisure-time physical activity in boys (b = 43.88, p < .01). CONCLUSION: Both maternal and paternal modeling positively influence children's leisure-time physical activity.

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Volume

28

Issue

3

Start Page

466

End Page

472

Number of Pages

7

eISSN

1543-2920

ISSN

1543-2920

Location

United States

Publisher

Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Georg-August-University Goettingen, Germany; Hannover Medical School, Germany

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Pediatric Exercise Science

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