Relation between Parent’s and Children’s Physical Activity in Urban Regions of North Greece

Authors

  • Christina Petraki Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science
  • Vassiliki Derri Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science
  • Stergios Gaintatzis Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science
  • Nikolaos Aggeloussis Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science

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energy expenditure, socialization, social learning, elementary school children

Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to identify a) the relation between mother-child and father-child physical activity, b) the effect of gender and age in the above relation, and c) the possibility to predict child’s physical activity through that of the mother and the father. Participants were, 139 fifth and sixth grade children, 10 to 12 years of age (M=11.5, SD=0.6), and their parents. Physical activity of both parents and children was assessed with the Bouchard Three Day Physical Activity Record (Bouchard, 1997). Correlation analysis revealed a significant relation only between the mother’s and the child’s weekly energy expenditure (r=.29, p<.01). Therefore, the father’s physical activity did not account for the variance of children’s physical activity while mother’s physical activity accounted for the 8% of this variance (p<.01). Also, the total energy expenditure of girls (r=.33, p<.05) and older children (r=.27, p<.05) was related to that of their mother’s. It seems that children’s physical activity is related but not depended on the physical activity of their mother’s.

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Published

2006-03-30

How to Cite

Petraki Χ., Derri Β., Gaintatzis Σ., & Aggeloussis Ν. (2006). Relation between Parent’s and Children’s Physical Activity in Urban Regions of North Greece. Inquiries in Physical Education and Sport, 4(1), 1–10. Retrieved from https://journals.lib.uth.gr/index.php/inquiries/article/view/1112

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