142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Rural Parenting Influences on Child Sedentary Behaviors

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Myra Gabriel, MS, CHES , Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Corliss Oultey, PhD , Department of Recreation Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
E. Lisako McKyer, PhD, MPH , Department of Health & Kinesiology, Transdisciplinary Center for Health Equity Research, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Background. Sedentary behavior and parenting factors are two factors that influence this trend toward obesity. However, even less is known about how the intersection of parenting influences affects child sedentary behaviors in rural communities. This study examines the relationship between parenting factors and child sedentary behaviors within the context of rurality.

Methods. A secondary statistical analysis of the School Wellness and Advocacy Program, a rural minority childhood obesity prevention study which focused on examining the relationships between parents’ TV and behavior rules, and child’s sedentary activity behavior was conducted. Composite scores for weekday and weekend sedentary behaviors and rule enforcement were created and associations were analyzed.

Results. T-tests showed parents reported their child in low sedentary category on weekdays (M= 2.11, SD= ±.953, t(286)=2.00, p=.977) and weekends (M= 2.15, SD= ±.961, t(288)=1.42, p=.922). Parents reported an overall mean rule composite score of 6.46 (SD= ±3.04, t(288)=.336, p=.631) and the means for males and females were similar (males= 6.4 ±2.92; females=6.52 ±3.15). Overall, parents of both males and females reported a medium amount of rule enforcement

Conclusions. This study found a gap in the literature examining how parenting factors influence child sedentary behaviors in rural settings. Analysis revealed that parents indicate rules are important but parental rules have no associations with child sedentary activity, despite medium rates of enforcement. This suggests the relationship between sedentary behaviors and rule enforcement is more complex than the setting and following of household rules.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Identify the relationship between rule enforcement and sedentary behaviors among minority children in rural popuatlions.

Keyword(s): Child Health, Rural Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked with the the data entry and analysis for this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.