Physical activity barriers and facilitators among working mothers and fathers

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Show simple item record Mailey, Emily L. Huberty, Jennifer Dinkel, Danae McAuley, Edward 2014-08-11T21:15:50Z 2014-08-11T21:15:50Z 2014-08-11
dc.description.abstract Background: The transition to parenthood is consistently associated with declines in physical activity. In particular, working parents are at risk for inactivity, but research exploring physical activity barriers and facilitators in this population has been scarce. The purpose of this study was to qualitatively examine perceptions of physical activity among working parents. Methods: Working mothers (n = 13) and fathers (n = 12) were recruited to participate in one of four focus group sessions and discuss physical activity barriers and facilitators. Data were analyzed using immersion/crystallization in NVivo 10. Results: Major themes for barriers included family responsibilities, guilt, lack of support, scheduling constraints, and work. Major themes for facilitators included being active with children or during children’s activities, being a role model for children, making time/prioritizing, benefits to health and family, and having support available. Several gender differences emerged within each theme, but overall both mothers and fathers reported their priorities had shifted to focus on family after becoming parents, and those who were fitting in physical activity had developed strategies that allowed them to balance their household and occupational responsibilities. Conclusions: The results of this study suggest working mothers and fathers report similar physical activity barriers and facilitators and would benefit from interventions that teach strategies for overcoming barriers and prioritizing physical activity amidst the demands of parenthood. Future interventions might consider targeting mothers and fathers in tandem to create an optimally supportive environment in the home. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
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dc.rights Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.subject Physical activity en_US
dc.subject Parenthood en_US
dc.subject Working mothers en_US
dc.subject Fathers en_US
dc.subject Focus groups en_US
dc.title Physical activity barriers and facilitators among working mothers and fathers en_US
dc.type Article (publisher version) en_US 2014 en_US
dc.citation.doi 10.1186/1471-2458-14-657 en_US
dc.citation.issue Article Number 657 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle BMC Public Health en_US
dc.citation.volume 14 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid emailey en_US

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