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Understanding the Role of Fathers in Children's Physical Activity: A Qualitative Study.

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Neshteruk, CD; Jones, DJ; Skinner, A; Ammerman, A; Tate, DF; Ward, DS
Published in: J Phys Act Health
May 1, 2020

BACKGROUND: Parents are influential in supporting children's physical activity, but relatively little is known about the role of fathers in children's physical activity. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews (n = 24) were conducted with low-active and active fathers of children 3-11 years old. Deductive thematic analysis was used to identify fathers' physical activity practices and understand how fathers interact with their children around physical activity. RESULTS: All fathers demonstrated coparticipation in physical activity with their children. Other physical activity practices commonly used by fathers included as follows: facilitation of active opportunities, modeling, involvement through coaching or teaching, and encouragement. In addition, fathers viewed physical activity as an opportunity to spend time with their children to bond and develop shared interests. Finally, fathers perceived their role in children's physical activity to be different compared with mothers. Regarding father activity level, active fathers discussed modeling more frequently and tended to engage in a variety of different activities compared with low-active fathers. CONCLUSIONS: Fathers play an important role in their children's physical activity, suggesting that physical activity may be one context in which to prompt paternal involvement, foster father-child relationships, and strengthen paternal parenting.

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J Phys Act Health

DOI

EISSN

1543-5474

Publication Date

May 1, 2020

Volume

17

Issue

5

Start / End Page

540 / 547

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Qualitative Research
  • Public Health
  • Male
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Humans
  • Fathers
  • Exercise
  • Adult
  • 4207 Sports science and exercise
  • 4206 Public health
 

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Neshteruk, C. D., Jones, D. J., Skinner, A., Ammerman, A., Tate, D. F., & Ward, D. S. (2020). Understanding the Role of Fathers in Children's Physical Activity: A Qualitative Study. J Phys Act Health, 17(5), 540–547. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2019-0386
Neshteruk, Cody D., Deborah J. Jones, Asheley Skinner, Alice Ammerman, Deborah F. Tate, and Dianne S. Ward. “Understanding the Role of Fathers in Children's Physical Activity: A Qualitative Study.J Phys Act Health 17, no. 5 (May 1, 2020): 540–47. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2019-0386.
Neshteruk CD, Jones DJ, Skinner A, Ammerman A, Tate DF, Ward DS. Understanding the Role of Fathers in Children's Physical Activity: A Qualitative Study. J Phys Act Health. 2020 May 1;17(5):540–7.
Neshteruk, Cody D., et al. “Understanding the Role of Fathers in Children's Physical Activity: A Qualitative Study.J Phys Act Health, vol. 17, no. 5, May 2020, pp. 540–47. Pubmed, doi:10.1123/jpah.2019-0386.
Neshteruk CD, Jones DJ, Skinner A, Ammerman A, Tate DF, Ward DS. Understanding the Role of Fathers in Children's Physical Activity: A Qualitative Study. J Phys Act Health. 2020 May 1;17(5):540–547.

Published In

J Phys Act Health

DOI

EISSN

1543-5474

Publication Date

May 1, 2020

Volume

17

Issue

5

Start / End Page

540 / 547

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Qualitative Research
  • Public Health
  • Male
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Humans
  • Fathers
  • Exercise
  • Adult
  • 4207 Sports science and exercise
  • 4206 Public health