The importance of parent physical activity levels and their expectations for their children's health: A path analysis

Marc Lochbaum, Tara Stevens, Yen To, Sarah Stevenson

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Abstract

Rates of childhood obesity are reaching epidemic levels. The purpose of this investigation was to determine if parent behavior and expectations are associated with estimates of their children's leisure time activities and their adult body size. Bandura's (1986) social cognitive theory guided the investigation. Participants were 121 parents of 65 kindergarten and 56 fifth grade students from a midsized rural school district. The majority of parents were minorities with a low percentage of parents having obtained degrees beyond a high school diploma. Parents completed measures to assess their physical activity level, their preferences for their children's leisure time activity, estimates of time spent in a variety of leisure time activities, and an estimate of their children's adult body size as an adult. Parents spent very little time in physical activity though their preference was for their children to be active. Path analysis was conducted on a model that described relationships bet
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe importance of parent physical activity levels and their expectations for their children's health: A path analysis
Pages39-60
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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    Lochbaum, M., Stevens, T., To, Y., & Stevenson, S. (2013). The importance of parent physical activity levels and their expectations for their children's health: A path analysis. In The importance of parent physical activity levels and their expectations for their children's health: A path analysis (pp. 39-60)