Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
This study used a focus group to explore whether mothers of preschoolers perceived exercise as desirable and the extent to which issues derived from quantitative research were relevant to their circumstances. Six women from two playgroups [location, date not specified], each with at least one child between 3 months and 5 years of age, participated in the focus group. Descriptive analysis of emergent themes showed that participants perceived that exercise would help them cope better as mothers and improve their sense of themselves as autonomous individuals. However, childcare and a sense of having total responsibility for children at all times, limited their ability to access leisure time. The study identified issues which are not addressed in existing quantitative research and suggested modifications of standard assessment instruments to address the needs of mothers more effectively.