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Type: Journal article
Title: Children's perceptions of the factors helping them to be 'resilient' to sedentary lifestyles
Author: Veitch, J.
Arundell, L.
Hume, C.
Ball, K.
Citation: Health Education Research, 2013; 28(4):692-703
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 0268-1153
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Jenny Veitch, Lauren Arundell, Clare Hume and Kylie Ball
Abstract: Despite the increased risk of sedentary lifestyles associated with socioeconomic disadvantage, some children living in disadvantaged areas display 'resilience' to unhealthy behaviours whereby they manage to engage in regular physical activity and avoid high levels of screen time. It is important to understand what is helping these children to do well. This qualitative study explored the perceptions of 'resilient' children regarding factors that assist them to engage in high levels of physical activity and low screen time. In-depth face-to-face interviews were conducted with 38 children (7-13 years) living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in urban and rural areas of Victoria, Australia. Themes that emerged relating to physical activity included: parental support and encouragement of physical activity, having a supportive physical environment and having friends to be active with. Themes relating to screen time included: individual preferences to be active, knowledge of health risks associated with sedentary behaviour, having a home environment supportive of physical activity and parental rules. The results provide valuable insights regarding factors that may help children living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods to be physically active and reduce their screen time and may inform future studies targeting this important population group.
Keywords: Sedentary Lifestyle
Rights: © The Author 2013
DOI: 10.1093/her/cyt063
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