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Parent Health Risk and Support for Child Physical Activity

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Objectives: To explore the influence of health risk on support for physical activity in parents of boys and parents of girls. Methods: The influence of parent BMI, physical activity, smoking, and fruit and vegetable consumption was explored in child gender-specific hierarchical linear regression models. Results: Positive predictors of support included physical activity in parents of boys and parents of girls. In parents of girls, child BMI and parent BMI were also significant. Conclusion: Higher BMI in parents of girls and higher BMI in girls predicted higher levels of parental supportive behavior.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Concord University, Athens WV, USA. 2: West Virginia University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA 3: West Virginia University Prevention Research Center, School of Medicine, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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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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