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Subject/Keyword
parents
physical activity
modeling
pedometers
children
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Jodie, Stearns
Supervisor and department
Spence, John (Physical Education and Recreation)
Examining committee member and department
Berry, Tanya (Physical Education and Recreation)
Ball, Geoff (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry; Department of Pediatrics)
Department
Physical Education and Recreation
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-08-29T16:08:50Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Purpose: This study examined whether parent physical activity (PA) is related to children’s PA, as measured with pedometers. Methods: As part of a longitudinal cohort study being conducted in Edmonton, Canada, 471 children between the ages of 6- and 10-years-old, wore SC-T2 pedometers for four consecutive days. Results: Significant small-to-moderate correlations between parent and child steps were found on day 1 (r = .24), day 2 (r = .24), day 3 (r = .19), and day 4 (r = .33). After controlling for covariates, parent steps remained a significant predictor of both girls (p < .001) and boys steps (p < .001). Parent steps also remained a significant predictor of child weekend (p < .001) and weekday steps (p < .001) after controlling for covariates. Conclusion: The study highlights the importance of parent PA modeling in promoting children’s PA and suggests that parents may be optimal targets for intervention.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R32C89
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License granted by Jodie Stearns (jodie.stearns@ualberta.ca) on 2011-08-29 (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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