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¿Qué Pasa Con Papá? Exploring Paternal Responsibilities and Physical Activity in Mexican-Heritage Families

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Department of Public Health, Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76706, USA
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Department of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Department of Health, Human Performance & Recreation, Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76706, USA
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Department of Public Health & Health Education, SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY 14420, USA
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Department of Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Academic Editor: David Berrigan
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(16), 8618; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168618
Received: 30 June 2021 / Revised: 2 August 2021 / Accepted: 4 August 2021 / Published: 15 August 2021
Mexican-heritage children often achieve less physical activity (PA) than their counterparts and are at greater risk for associated comorbidities. Child PA is greatly influenced by their parents, yet researchers have rarely involved fathers in community health promotion. The purpose of this study is to examine Mexican-heritage fathers’ perceptions of responsibilities and self-reported activities. Promotoras recruited fathers (n = 300) from colonies on the Texas–Mexico border and administered Spanish-language surveys including paternal responsibilities, father PA, and PA co-participation. Two researchers coded responses. Open-ended items were coded and cross-tabulations between responsibilities and activities with children were examined. Fathers reported feeling monetary responsibilities most often. Fathers reported engaging in more activities with their sons than daughters; however, fathers engaged in very few activities specifically with their children. Feeling responsible for family expenses was associated with paternal PA co-participation with family and children. This study adds clarity to the role of Mexican-heritage fathers in child PA. Findings highlight potential areas for intervention including supporting fathers to take an active role in their children’s PA. View Full-Text
Keywords: family centered; Latino/a; Mexican-heritage; co-participation; physical activity family centered; Latino/a; Mexican-heritage; co-participation; physical activity
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McClendon, M.E.; Umstattd Meyer, M.R.; Prochnow, T.; Ylitalo, K.R.; Meyer, A.R.; Bridges Hamilton, C.N.; Sharkey, J.R. ¿Qué Pasa Con Papá? Exploring Paternal Responsibilities and Physical Activity in Mexican-Heritage Families. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 8618. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168618

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McClendon ME, Umstattd Meyer MR, Prochnow T, Ylitalo KR, Meyer AR, Bridges Hamilton CN, Sharkey JR. ¿Qué Pasa Con Papá? Exploring Paternal Responsibilities and Physical Activity in Mexican-Heritage Families. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(16):8618. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168618

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McClendon, Megan E., M. R. Umstattd Meyer, Tyler Prochnow, Kelly R. Ylitalo, Andrew R. Meyer, Christina N. Bridges Hamilton, and Joseph R. Sharkey 2021. "¿Qué Pasa Con Papá? Exploring Paternal Responsibilities and Physical Activity in Mexican-Heritage Families" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 16: 8618. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168618

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