Perceptions of Parental Influences and Physical Activity Behaviors of Elementary School Children

Tobie Langsam, Springfield College, USA

Theme: Exercise and health behaviors

Poster Number: 106

Program ID: POS-2

Presentation: October 4, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Room: Napoleon


Parents are influential on children in the arena of sport (Fredericks & Eccles, 2005). The study was designed to examine the predictive relationships between perceptions of parental explicit modeling and logistic support and attraction to and level of physical activity (PA) of children. Participants (N = 179) were fourth and fifth grade children from an elementary school in New England. Pearson correlations were performed to determine the relationships between the variables. Positive correlations existed between explicit modeling and attraction to PA (r = .402, p = .000) and logistic support and attraction to PA (r = .387, p = .000). Through a multiple regression analysis, a significant positive predictive relationship was found between explicit modeling and logistic support to attraction to PA, F(2,176) = 27.491, p = .000. Explicit modeling and logistic support were significant positive predictors of attraction to PA, accounting for 24.8% of the variance in the attraction children have towards PA. The influence parents have on the attraction to PA of children was supported by the results of the study and can help increase PA levels of children through educational campaigns and programs.

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