Parental education and perception of outdoor play time in preschooler
ISPAH ePoster Library. Mota J. Oct 15, 2018; 225066; 263
Prof. Dr. Jorge Mota
Prof. Dr. Jorge Mota
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Abstract Introduction- The purpose of this study was to analyze whether or not socio-economic position was associated with outdoor playtime during the week days (WK) and at weekend (WEND). Methods- The sample consisted of 485 (girls; n=223) healthy preschool children, aged 3 to 6 years, recruited from kindergartens located in the metropolitan area of Porto, Portugal. Physical Activity (PA) was assessed for 7 consecutive days by accelerometer. The time playing outdoors, during WK or WEND, was derived from parental report. Anthropometric data (weight and height) was collected following standardized protocols. Socio-economic position was assessed by Parental Education (PE), according to the Portuguese education system. Results- Differences were found for time spent playing outdoor either WK or WEND but not for Total PA (TPA) in both genders. However, regression analysis showed that after adjustment for age, BMI and TPA in both sexes the associations were significantly established only between low PE (LPE) and high PE (HPE) group either at WK or WEND. However, no statistically significant association was found for boys at WK (p=0.06). Conclusions- Our findings suggest that socio-economic position may influence children’s time in outdoor play activities especially at the weekend. This may have implications for future interventions with this age group. External funding details The Research Centre on Physical Activity Health and Leisure (CIAFEL) is supported by UID/DTP/00617/2013
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