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Pediatr Phys Ther. 2009 Fall;21(3):245-53. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181b13a82.

Parental and environmental factors associated with physical activity among children participating in an active video game.

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  • 1Program in Human Movement Science, Division of Physical Therapy in Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. sadye.paez@cdl.unc.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Parental and intervention-specific environmental supports were examined as potential reinforcers for physical activity and use of a video game, Dance Dance Revolution (DDR), among a cohort of 7- to 8-year-old children.

METHODS:

Sixty children were randomized to an intervention (n = 40) or a control (n = 20) group. Physical activity was measured with accelerometry and DDR logs. Parental support for their child's physical activity was assessed via a questionnaire. DDR-specific environmental supports were captured on an environmental home screen and the DDR log.

RESULTS:

At baseline, the absence of other video games and parent DDR participation was associated with child participation in DDR. At follow-up, DDR participation of siblings and friends was associated with child participation in DDR.

CONCLUSION:

The primary findings of this study suggest that parental and peer participation in DDR may play a role in children's initial and sustained participation in DDR.

PMID:
19680066
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