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
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.

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.

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.

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
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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Created: Thu, 22 Jan 2015, 08:42:27 EST by Francisco Paco Perales on behalf of Institute for Social Science Research