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Revista Paulista de Pediatria

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FERNANDES, Rômulo Araújo et al. Physical activity: rate, related factors, and association between parents and children. Rev. paul. pediatr. [online]. 2011, vol.29, n.1, pp.54-59. ISSN 0103-0582.

OBJECTIVE: To analyze the association between sports practice of adolescents and their parents. METHODS: Cross-sectional study enrolling 1,111 adolescents of both genders, with ages ranging from ten to 17 years old and their respective parents. Among parents and adolescents, sportive practice of moderate and/or high intensity was assessed by a questionnaire. Economic condition, gender, and age were used as potential confounders. Binary logistic regression indicated the magnitude of the associations detected by the chi-square test. RESULTS: For both genders, simultaneous paternal and maternal engagement was associated with higher sports practice (male: OR2.3; 95%CI1.0-5.3; female: OR2.7; 95%CI1.3-5.1). However, maternal engagement was associated with higher sports practice only in the female gender (OR2.4; 95%CI1.4-3.8). CONCLUSIONS: Adolescents' sports practice is associated with parents' engagement and the parental gender affects this event.

Keywords : children; adolescents; physical activity; sport.

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