Long-term dynamics in physical activity behaviour across the transition to parenthood

Perales, Francisco, del Pozo-Cruz, Jesus and Del Pozo-Cruz, Borja (2015) Long-term dynamics in physical activity behaviour across the transition to parenthood. International Journal of Public Health, 60 3: 301-308. doi:10.1007/s00038-015-0653-3

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Author Perales, Francisco
del Pozo-Cruz, Jesus
Del Pozo-Cruz, Borja
Title Long-term dynamics in physical activity behaviour across the transition to parenthood
Journal name International Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1661-8556
1661-8564
Publication date 2015-01-08
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00038-015-0653-3
Open Access Status
Volume 60
Issue 3
Start page 301
End page 308
Total pages 8
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher Birkhaeuser Science
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: Gaining a deeper understanding of the dynamic relationships between the transition to parenthood and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) amongst men and women in Australia.

Methods: 
12 years of nationally representative panel data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey and a piecewise pre/post fixed-effect modelling strategy that controls for person-specific unobserved effects and allows for non-linear associations are used.

Results: 
Both men and women decrease the frequency of MVPA in the years preceding the birth of their first child. An abrupt fall amongst men and a smooth, non-linear decreasing trend amongst women are apparent in the post-birth years. Neither men nor women recover their pre-birth MVPA frequency in subsequent years.

Conclusions:
Parenthood is an important factor influencing MVPA, with more marked impacts on women’s than men’s behaviour. Policymakers interested in promoting MVPA should focus on parenthood as a critical deterring factor that can trigger long-term trends of low MVPA. The proposed model can be expanded to explore the influence on MVPA of other life-course transitions.
Keyword Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity
Life-course transitions
Parenthood
Gender
Health promotion
Prospective analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 21 January 2015.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
Official 2016 Collection
 
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