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Family Process and Parent's Leisure Time Physical Activity

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Objective: To examine relations between family environment and parent's leisure-time physical activity conceived as a system of interdependent variables (LTPA-specific variables) including family rules, support, and exercise activity. Methods: Family environment was described using site of residence and a family typology. Two-way MANCOVA on the LTPA-specific scores were conducted for 533 male and 603 female parents from a community sample. Results: Main effects for family type, site of residence, and a significant family type by site of residence interaction were found. There were gender-specific patterns of LTPA-specific scores. Conclusion: Different families may have different mechanisms of influence on physical activity habits.

Keywords: family; family health promotion; physical activity; typology

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Family Medicine, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada 2: University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada 3: Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Publication date: 2004-05-01

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