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Journal of Child and Family Studies

pp 1–10

First Online: 12 June 2017DOI: 10.1007-s10826-017-0808-3

Cite this article as: Mutz, M. & Albrecht, P. J Child Fam Stud 2017. doi:10.1007-s10826-017-0808-3


Physical activity is a health relevant factor, particularly in affluent societies where overweight and obesity are increasingly prevalent, even among children. Understanding the development of physical activity patterns in childhood is thus an important issue for health promotion. Following socialization theory, this study describes and explains differences in objectively measured moderate-to-vigorous physical activity MVPA in a socially and ethnically mixed sample of 6- to 11-year-old children in Germany. MVPA levels were objectively measured with accelerometers over the course of six consecutive days Wednesday to Monday. Parents’ attitudes and practices as well as the family’s socio-economic status SES were assessed from the parents via questionnaires. Results indicate that MVPA levels of children vary with gender, but not with age and ethnicity. Moreover, parental SES, parental support for the child’s sports activities, parents’ own sport activities and the parents’ belief in sports’ capacities to foster personality development, character building and social integration significantly predict the MVPA level of children. It is concluded that interventions to promote MVPA among children need to take family interactions and lifestyles into account and should address families in socio-economically underprivileged areas.

KeywordsExercise Sport Health Family support Social inequality Childhood 

Autor: Michael Mutz - Peggy Albrecht


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