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Correlates of Intergenerational and Personal Physical Activity of Parents

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Abstract:

Objective : To compare the correlates of personal versus intergenerational leisure-time physical activity of parents using the theory of planned behavior.

Methods : Participants were parents (n=126) with children between the ages of 2 and 12 years, and they completed a baseline questionnaire exploring intergenerational and personal activity.

Results : Perceived behavioral control and behavioral frequency were higher in intergenerational than personal activity. Affective attitude was higher for personal activity, and subjective norm was more important in intergenerational than personal intention.

Conclusion : Future interventions may benefit from some specific targeting toward intergenerational or personal activity.

Keywords: family; intergenerational; physical activity; theory of planned behavior

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.35.1.8

Affiliations: 1 Behavioural Medicine Laboratory, Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, CANADA.

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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