Physical activity of young children

Ziviani, Jenny, Macdonald, Doune, Jenkins, David, Rodger, Sylvia, Batch, Jennifer and Cerin, Ester (2006) Physical activity of young children. OTJR - Occupation Participation and Health, 26 1: 4-14. doi:10.1177/153944920602600102

Author Ziviani, Jenny
Macdonald, Doune
Jenkins, David
Rodger, Sylvia
Batch, Jennifer
Cerin, Ester
Title Physical activity of young children
Journal name OTJR - Occupation Participation and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1539-4492
Publication date 2006-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/153944920602600102
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 26
Issue 1
Start page 4
End page 14
Total pages 11
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
Abstract Occupational therapists concerned with the long-term health and welfare of children need to be aware of the decline. in physical activity of children in most Western societies. The current study examined the extent of physical activity in the lives of 50 Australian children with a mean age of 7.74 years through questionnaires completed by the children's parents and pedometer (step) data collected from the children during 4 days. The current data show that higher self-perception of physical competence, child's levels of physical skill, and low parental perception of peer teasing were the best predictors of physical activity. Higher family socioeconomic status was found to be a significant predictor of more steps being taken on weekends, and partner's (usually a father's) level of exercise was an important predictor of the number of weekend steps. Children who were perceived to experience more peer teasing completed fewer steps on the weekend. The findings from this study indicate that children's physical activity levels may depend on the availability of family resources, and that children in their early school years may already experience negative effects from teasing that, combined with reduced self-confidence, may lay the foundation for their with drawing from physical activity as they get older.
Keyword Rehabilitation
Young Children
Health Promotion
Gender Differences
Peer Acceptance
Q-Index Code C1

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