HALO Director Dr. Mark Tremblay is one of the authors of a recent publication titled “Parental support of the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: prevalence and correlates” that was just published in BMC Public Health.
The authors found that child and youth sleep behavior had the highest parental support (73%) and moderate to vigorous physical activity support had the lowest prevalence (23%). Interactive profiles of the four movement behaviors yielded six primary clusters and comprised wide variation from parents who supported none of these behaviors (19%), to parents who supported all four behaviors (14%). These profiles could be distinguished by the age of the child (younger children had higher support) and the gender of the parent (mothers provided more support), as well as constructs of the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB), but TPB cognitions were more specific predictors of each health behavior rather than general predictors of aggregate health behavior clusters. Teenagers and fathers may represent key targets for parental support intervention of the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines. Intervention content may need to comprise the underlying foundations of attitude and perceived behavioral control to change parental support while considering the unique features of each health behavior to maximize related intervention effectiveness.
Paper citation: Rhodes RE, Spence JC, Berry T, Faulkner G, Latimer-Cheung AE, O’Reilly N, Tremblay MS, Vanderloo L. Parental support of the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: prevalence and correlates. BMC Public Health. 2019 Oct 28;19(1):1385. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-7744-7.
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