Determinants of active leisure for women with young children - an "ethic of care" prevails

Miller, YD and Brown, WJ (2005) Determinants of active leisure for women with young children - an "ethic of care" prevails. Leisure Sciences, 27 5: 405-420. doi:10.1080/01490400500227308

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Author Miller, YD
Brown, WJ
Title Determinants of active leisure for women with young children - an "ethic of care" prevails
Journal name Leisure Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0149-0400
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01490400500227308
Volume 27
Issue 5
Start page 405
End page 420
Total pages 16
Editor K.A. Henderson
M.D. Bialeschki
Place of publication Philadelphia
Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc
Language eng
Subject C1
321216 Health Promotion
730201 Women's health
1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Abstract Women are significantly less likely than men to participate in physically active leisure. Women with children are less likely to participate in active leisure compared with women who do not have children. Social pressure to fulfil the role of being a good mother has been suggested in discussions regarding constraints to physical activity as has the use of leisure engagement as a means of challenging social expectations and structured gender relations. This study explored determinants of active leisure participation through in-depth interviews with 12 heterosexual mothers of young children who were purposively sampled with contrasting levels of partner support, physical activity, and socioeconomic status. The findings suggested that household norms relating to gender-based time negotiation and ideologies regarding an ethic of care were important determinants of active leisure among women with young children. A better understanding of these issues could be important in the development of strategies for promoting greater participation in physical activity among women.
Keyword Environmental Studies
Physical Activity
Physical-activity Patterns
Social Support
Q-Index Code C1

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