Physical activity and the occupations of children: Perspectives of parents and children

Ziviani, J. M., Macdonald, D., Ward, H. J., Jenkins, D. G. and Rodger, S. A. (2006) Physical activity and the occupations of children: Perspectives of parents and children. Journal of Occupational Science, 13 3: 180-187.


Author Ziviani, J. M.
Macdonald, D.
Ward, H. J.
Jenkins, D. G.
Rodger, S. A.
Title Physical activity and the occupations of children: Perspectives of parents and children
Journal name Journal of Occupational Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1442-7591
Publication date 2006-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 13
Issue 3
Start page 180
End page 187
Total pages 8
Editor C. Hocking
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Univ South Aust
Language eng
Subject C1
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
Abstract There is concern that children’s health is being compromised by a decline in physical activity occurring as a result of the changing nature of the occupations of childhood. This article reports the findings of in-depth interviews conducted with six children and their parents when the children were between 7 and 8 years and then again when they were between 9 and 10 years. This longitudinal perspective highlighted features associated with children remaining engaged in physical occupations. Factors found to contribute to continued involvement in exercise and sports were: the initial introduction to the activity being pleasurable; same-sex parents or older siblings being directly involved; and the skills required by the occupations being commensurate with children’s developmental level. These findings help inform occupational scientists about the nature of recreational and leisure occupations, and how they are introduced and framed within the context of children’s occupational roles.
Q-Index Code C1

 
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