‘They deserve a treat’: the nature and antecedents of parental licensing surrounding children’s physical activity

Law, Kwok Hong, Dimmock, James A., Thornton, Ashleigh L., Nicholas, Joanna C., Ho, Gordon, Gucciardi, Daniel F., Guelfi, Kym J., and Jackson, Ben (2021) ‘They deserve a treat’: the nature and antecedents of parental licensing surrounding children’s physical activity. Public Health Nutrition, 24 (8). pp. 2098-2108.

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Abstract

Objective: Little is known about parents’ compensatory health beliefs (CHB) surrounding their children’s engagement in physical activity (PA). Our aim was to provide evidence regarding the nature of, and factors underpinning, parents’ PA-related compensatory beliefs for their children.

Design: A qualitative descriptive approach and thematic content analysis were employed.

Setting: Parents were recruited from community sport and PA programmes.

Participants: Eighteen parents aged 32–52 years (mean age = 40·8 (sd 5·4) years; six males; twelve females).

Results: Analyses indicated that parents compensate through ‘passive’ or ‘active’ means. Among parents who compensated, most described their provision of ‘treat’ foods/drinks and a minority described allowing extended sedentary time to their children. Parents’ reasons underpinning these beliefs related to their child’s general physical/health status and psychological characteristics, and their own motivation and mood state.

Conclusions: These findings provide the first evidence of unhealthy dietary and sedentary behaviour CHB that parents may hold regarding their children’s involvement in PA.

Item ID: 62654
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1475-2727
Keywords: nutrition, health, licensing, reward, physical activity, exercise, sedentary behaviour
Copyright Information: © The Author(s), 2020. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Nutrition Society.
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2020 01:48
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology @ 60%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3210 Nutrition and dietetics > 321005 Public health nutrition @ 40%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920411 Nutrition @ 50%
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