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“In my day…”- Parents’ Views on Children’s Physical Activity and Screen Viewing in Relation to Their Own Childhood

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Centre for Exercise, Nutrition & Health Sciences, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, 8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ, UK
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School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
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MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol, Oakfield House, Oakfield Grove, Bristol BS8 2BN, UK
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Population Health Science, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, Canynge Hall, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2PS, UK
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Present address: Department for Health, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(11), 2547; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112547
Received: 4 October 2018 / Revised: 26 October 2018 / Accepted: 8 November 2018 / Published: 13 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances of Adolescents and Children Health Research)
Physical activity and screen viewing are associated with cardio-metabolic risk factors, psychological wellbeing, and academic performance among children. Across the last generation, children’s physical activity and screen viewing behaviours have changed, coinciding with changes to the home and neighbourhood environment. This study aimed to qualitatively explore parents’ views on their 8–9-year-old child’s childhood and how this compares to experiences from their own childhood, with a specific focus on physical activity and screen viewing behaviours. Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with 51 parents (mean age = 41.2 years, range 31.5 to 51.5 years), between July and October 2016. Inductive and deductive content analyses were used to explore parents’ perceptions of their child’s physical activity and screen viewing behaviours in comparison to their own childhood behaviours. Interview data revealed that compared to the relative freedom they recalled as children, parents restrict their children’s independent mobility and outdoor play due to concerns about safety. Despite their children having greater access to structured activities than they did as children, parents feel their children are “missing out,” and perceived their own childhood as better with regards to maximising independent and outdoor play and limiting screen viewing. Innovative strategies are needed to change the social norms surrounding children’s independent mobility and outdoor play. View Full-Text
Keywords: childhood; physical activity; screen viewing; independent mobility; generations; qualitative childhood; physical activity; screen viewing; independent mobility; generations; qualitative
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Solomon-Moore, E.; Emm-Collison, L.G.; Sebire, S.J.; Toumpakari, Z.; Thompson, J.L.; Lawlor, D.A.; Jago, R. “In my day…”- Parents’ Views on Children’s Physical Activity and Screen Viewing in Relation to Their Own Childhood. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2547. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112547

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Solomon-Moore E, Emm-Collison LG, Sebire SJ, Toumpakari Z, Thompson JL, Lawlor DA, Jago R. “In my day…”- Parents’ Views on Children’s Physical Activity and Screen Viewing in Relation to Their Own Childhood. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(11):2547. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112547

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Solomon-Moore, Emma, Lydia G. Emm-Collison, Simon J. Sebire, Zoi Toumpakari, Janice L. Thompson, Deborah A. Lawlor, and Russell Jago. 2018. "“In my day…”- Parents’ Views on Children’s Physical Activity and Screen Viewing in Relation to Their Own Childhood" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15, no. 11: 2547. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112547

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