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Parent participation plays an important part in promoting physical activity

Lindqvist, Anna Karin LU ; Kostenius, Catrine; Gard, Gunvor LU and Rutberg, Stina (2015) In International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being 10.
Abstract

Although physical activity (PA) is an important and modifiable determinant of health, in Sweden only 15% of boys and 10% of girls aged 15 years old achieve the recommended levels of PA 7 days per week. Adolescents' PA levels are associated with social influence exerted by parents, friends, and teachers. The purpose of this study was to describe parents' experiences of being a part of their adolescents' empowerment-inspired PA intervention. A qualitative interview study was performed at a school in the northern part of Sweden. A total of 10 parents were interviewed, and the collected data were analyzed with qualitative content analysis. Three subthemes were combined into one main theme, demonstrating that parents are one important part... (More)

Although physical activity (PA) is an important and modifiable determinant of health, in Sweden only 15% of boys and 10% of girls aged 15 years old achieve the recommended levels of PA 7 days per week. Adolescents' PA levels are associated with social influence exerted by parents, friends, and teachers. The purpose of this study was to describe parents' experiences of being a part of their adolescents' empowerment-inspired PA intervention. A qualitative interview study was performed at a school in the northern part of Sweden. A total of 10 parents were interviewed, and the collected data were analyzed with qualitative content analysis. Three subthemes were combined into one main theme, demonstrating that parents are one important part of a successful PA intervention. The life of an adolescent has many options and demands that make it difficult to prioritize PA. Although parents felt that they were important in supporting their adolescent, a successful PA intervention must have multiple components. Moreover, the parents noted that the intervention had a positive effect upon not only their adolescents', but also their own PA. Interventions aimed at promoting PA among adolescents should include measures to stimulate parent participation, have an empowerment approach, and preferably be school-based.

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Adolescents, Content analysis, Empowerment, Interviews, School
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International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
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10
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Co-action Publishing
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1748-2623
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10.3402/qhw.v10.27397
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  author       = {Lindqvist, Anna Karin and Kostenius, Catrine and Gard, Gunvor and Rutberg, Stina},
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  keyword      = {Adolescents,Content analysis,Empowerment,Interviews,School},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {08},
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  series       = {International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being},
  title        = {Parent participation plays an important part in promoting physical activity},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/qhw.v10.27397},
  volume       = {10},
  year         = {2015},
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