Parental Influence on Children’s Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity Participation: An Expectancy-Value Approach

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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This investigation examined parental influence on children’s moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) participation via an expectancy-value model that included parents’ behavior, parents’ beliefs about their children’s MVPA, and children’s beliefs about their MVPA. The influence of parents on their children’s MVPA was investigated via questionnaires tapping the belief systems of fourth- and fifth-grade children (n=71) and their parents (n=69). Self-reported MVPA was assessed for parents and children. Correlational analyses demonstrated a number of significant relationships between parents’ belief systems and children’s MVPA behavior and children’s belief systems and their physical activity participation. Based on hierarchical regression analyses, there was no evidence of a positive relationship between parents’ physical activity behavior (role modeling) and children’s physical activity behavior. Parents’ perceptions of their children’s MVPA competence was the only parent belief system variable related to children’s MVPA participation. In addition, children’s task orientation and expectancies significantly predicted their MVPA participation.

J.C. Kimiecik and T.S. Horn are with the PHS Department, Phillips Hall, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056. J.M. Dempsey, formerly a student there, is now with the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, 250 N. University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 462025192. Request reprints from J.M. Dempsey.

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