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J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 Apr;19(2):358-366. doi: 10.1007/s10903-016-0457-4.

Physical Activity Behaviors and Influences Among Chinese-American Children Aged 9-13 Years: A Qualitative Study.

Author information

1
Department of Pediatrics, USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA. CSYeung@mdanderson.org.
2
Department of Health Disparities Research - Unit 1440, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 301402, Houston, TX, 77230-1402, USA. CSYeung@mdanderson.org.
3
Department of Health Sciences, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA.
4
Department of Pediatrics, USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA.
5
Houston Health Department, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Research for Effectiveness, Houston, TX, USA.

Abstract

Low physical activity is a major health issue among Chinese Americans. This study explored Chinese-American children's physical activity behaviors and influencing factors. Twenty-five children of Chinese or Taiwanese descent were interviewed to understand their favorite sports or physical activities, physical activity environments, and influences on their physical activity. All were between the ages of 9 and 13. Interviews were transcribed and coded using thematic data analysis procedures. Major themes included: (1) team sports, particularly basketball, were commonly listed as favorite sports or activities; (2) physical activity occurred mostly at school or an after-school setting; and (3) family played a major role in physical activity. Some trends/differences were detected based on age, sex, and socioeconomic status. Interventions to promote physical activity among Chinese-American children should emphasize team sports and encourage physical activity in schools, but also explore ways to involves families outside of school.

KEYWORDS:

Children; Chinese; Interviews; Physical activity

PMID:
27384684
DOI:
10.1007/s10903-016-0457-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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