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Participation in Activities Fostering Children’s Development and Parental Concerns about Children’s Development: Results from a Population-Health Survey of Children Aged 0–5 Years in Quebec, Canada

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Faculté de Médecine et des Sciences de la Santé, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC J1K 2R1, Canada
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Institut Universitaire de Première Ligne en Santé et Services Sociaux (IUPLSSS), Sherbrooke, QC J1H 4C4, Canada
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Institut Universitaire en Déficience Intellectuelle et Trouble du Spectre de l’autisme, Trois-Rivières, QC G8Z 3T1, Canada
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Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke (CR-CHUS), Sherbrooke, QC J1H 5N4, Canada
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Direction de la Santé Publique de l’Estrie, Sherbrooke, QC J1J 3H5, Canada
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Projet Partenaires pour la Réussite Éducative en Estrie (Projet PRÉE), Magog, QC J1X 3H2, Canada
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Collectif Estrien 0-5 ans, Sherbrooke, QC J1H 4C4, Canada
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(8), 2878; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17082878
Received: 18 March 2020 / Revised: 14 April 2020 / Accepted: 16 April 2020 / Published: 21 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Environment and Children’s Health)
This study aims to: (1) describe children’s participation in activities fostering their development, (2) document parental concerns about their children’s development, and (3) explore the influences of family characteristics on children’s activity participation and parental concerns. We conducted a phone survey with parents of children aged 0-5 years (n = 895). Survey results are presented as weighted proportions for the parent’s age, sex, and area of residence. Statistical comparisons were made using chi-square with p < 0.05. Most children were exposed at least weekly to fine motor (85.1% ± 2.4%), physical (83.0% ± 2.5%), and reading (84.2% ± 2.4%) activities. However, only a small proportion were exposed to those activities daily (49.7% ± 3.3%, 35.4% ± 3.2%, and 32.4% ± 3.1% respectively). Many (46.8%) parents had concerns about their children’s development. The most frequent domains of concern were communication skills (22.8% ± 2.8%), affective and behaviour skills (22.1% ± 2.7%), and autonomy (19.6% ± 2.6%). The proportion of parents having concerns was higher among families with lower incomes. The small proportion of children exposed daily to activities fostering their development, and the high proportion of parents with concerns about their children’s development are alarming. The integration of health and education services and the use of best practices fostering children’s development at home, at school, and in daycare centres is needed. View Full-Text
Keywords: child development; population characteristics; public health; reading; motor skills child development; population characteristics; public health; reading; motor skills
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Pratte, G.; Couture, M.; Boisvert, M.-È.; Clapperton, I.; Bergeron, J.; Roy, M.-A.; Dion, É.; Camden, C. Participation in Activities Fostering Children’s Development and Parental Concerns about Children’s Development: Results from a Population-Health Survey of Children Aged 0–5 Years in Quebec, Canada. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2878. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17082878

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Pratte G, Couture M, Boisvert M-È, Clapperton I, Bergeron J, Roy M-A, Dion É, Camden C. Participation in Activities Fostering Children’s Development and Parental Concerns about Children’s Development: Results from a Population-Health Survey of Children Aged 0–5 Years in Quebec, Canada. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(8):2878. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17082878

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Pratte, Gabrielle, Mélanie Couture, Marie-Ève Boisvert, Irma Clapperton, Josiane Bergeron, Marie-Andrée Roy, Élyse Dion, and Chantal Camden. 2020. "Participation in Activities Fostering Children’s Development and Parental Concerns about Children’s Development: Results from a Population-Health Survey of Children Aged 0–5 Years in Quebec, Canada" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 8: 2878. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17082878

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