Parental attitude on children’s after-school physical activity participation: Lesson from a pilot study

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Abstract

Parental influence on children’s physical activity (PA) have been widely studied, however, limited study was reported particularly about after-school hours. The purposes of this study were: 1) to describe the changes of children PA during an after-school PA pilot program; 2) to explore parental attitudes on children's after-school PA participation. A 6-week after-school PA pilot program was conducted in one primary school with a group of seven children (aged 8-10). The program content included both academic (i.e., tutorial session) and PA (i.e., organized PA session) components. Quantitative data on children’s PA level during the after-school program was measured by pedometers. Qualitative data on parents of the participating children was collected through focus group meeting. The PA component of the program guaranteed children PA level during the after school hours. With the observed positive change on their child’s behavior, academic performance, still remain the major concerns of parents for allowing children to involve in PA. The pilot program included a combination of PA and academic component satisfied the concern of parents. The findings can add information for future intervention design to increase the PA level of children during after-school hour.
本文透過六星期的試驗計劃,介紹一個以功課輔導及體能活動為主題的課後活動之結果,並闡述家長對兒童參加課後活動的意見。 Copyright © 2015 Hong Kong Baptist University.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-20
JournalAsian Journal of Physical Education & Recreation
Volume21
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Citation

Cheung, P. P. Y. (2015). Parental attitude on children’s after-school physical activity participation: Lesson from a pilot study. Asian Journal of Physical Education & Recreation, 21(1), 13-20.

Keywords

  • Alt. title: 兒童課後體能活動試驗計劃