Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Guerrero and colleagues on their new publication titled “Typologies of family functioning and 24-h movement behavior” just published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health! Citation details and a summary of the paper are below.

Guerrero, M.D.; Barnes, J.D.; Tremblay, M.S.; Pulkki-Råback, L. Typologies of Family Functioning and 24-h Movement Behaviors. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 202118, 699.


Research on the importance of the family environment on children’s health behaviors is ubiquitous, yet critical gaps in the literature exist. Many studies have focused on one family characteristic and have relied on variable-centered approaches as opposed to person-centered approaches (e.g., latent profile analysis). The purpose of the current study was to use latent profile analysis to identify family typologies characterized by parental acceptance, parental monitoring, and family conflict, and to examine whether such typologies are associated with the number of movement behavior recommendations (i.e., physical activity, screen time, and sleep) met by children. Data for this cross-sectional observational study were part of the baseline data from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. Data were collected across 21 study sites in the United States. Participants included 10,712 children (female = 5143, males = 5578) aged 9 and 10 years (M = 9.91, SD = 0.62). Results showed that children were meaningfully classified into one of five family typologies. Children from families with high acceptance, medium monitoring, and medium conflict (P2; OR = 0.54; 95% CI, 0.39–0.76); high acceptancemedium monitoring, and high conflict (P3; OR = 0.28; 95% CI, 0.20, 0.40); low acceptancelow monitoring, and medium conflict (P4; OR = 0.24; 95% CI, 0.16, 0.36); and medium acceptancelow monitoring, and high conflict (P5; OR = 0.19; 95% CI, 0.12–0.29) were less likely to meet all three movement behavior recommendations compared to children from families with high acceptancehigh monitoring, and low conflict (P1). These findings highlight the importance of the family environment for promoting healthy movement behaviors among children

To read the full paper, please click here (open access).