n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - The impact of parental social support on promoting children's physical activities : physical activity

Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


This study investigates how parental social support promotes physical activity in children. A sample of 581 mothers and fathers participated in the study. A 43-item questionnaire was developed to determine level of parental social support, quantitatively. The reliability and validity of the questionnaire were evaluated. Also, semi-structured interview was used to collect the data. Descriptive statistics (frequencies and percentages) were used to analyze the data. The results revealed that televisions and computers were present in the majority of homes for the purposes of recreation, while sports equipment was found much less frequently. At the same time, parents focused on anything connected with their child's academic success at school, while less attention was given to the child's involvement in the physical education class. Accordingly, it seems that there was a communication problem between parents and their children's' physical education teachers.

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